Residents of Lac Du Flambeau organize rally to fight drug addiction // WJFW Newswatch 12

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Local News Posted 10/29/2021 6:27 PM

Flambeau Lake – More than 96,000 people nationwide have died from drug overdoses in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC reports that this is a 30% increase from the previous year and a record high. Members of the Lac Du Flambeau tribe have planned a walk on Friday evening. The rally aims to get people talking about addiction issues they have seen in their community as well as others in the northern Wisconsin area.

Rally organizer Brittany Allen said: “We just want to make sure that we are getting our point across in these neighborhoods, as far as it’s not right. We need them to see that there are a lot of community members who are going to fight against these drug sales actions and drug use in the community, “Allen said. She went on to say that it should be a whole community effort. to get help for those who are addicted.

“We have to improve them, we have to get them back. Everyone deserves a second chance, everyone deserves a better life and we are fighting for that, and I encourage everyone to come out and help support our movement in that direction, to the extent of like this fight on drugs, “Allen noted. She said the rally against drug abuse shows a positive side of the tribe that most never see.

Victor Reyes is a concerned resident who participated in the rally. “The people that are all over grandma’s house, or the people that are all over the house with aunts or uncles and they see something going on, instead of being silent we talk and we walk and we come together and the best way of doing it is supporting each other at a rally, “Reyes pointed out. He says Lac Du Flambeau is a great community that he doesn’t want to continue to see destroyed by drug addiction and alcoholism, which is why he participates in the walk.

“There are a lot of good people and a lot of beautiful people who live here and it is the most incredible place. Without Lac Du Flambeau, I would not be healed myself. Lac Du Flambeau mobilized itself. for me and I am ready to give back, ”Reyes said.

Reyes and Allen said many think the drugs are just a reservation issue, but he sees that it is often the outside communities that bring the drugs into the tribal community.

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