Crystal meth crisis on Saskatchewan First Nation traced to 2015 wildfire evacuation – CBC

Officials at Montreal Lake Cree Nation identify 600 meth users in community of 1,200

May 14, 2019

Clifford Bird traces the crystal methamphetamine crisis on the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan back to the wildfire evacuation in the summer of 2015.

Bird is the health director of the First Nation and knows first-hand the impact that the powerful drug is having on the community north of Prince Albert.

The entire community of 1,200 was evacuated for six weeks that summer, as fires raged across the north. The people went to emergency centres in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina. Bird says that 60 per cent of the on-reserve population is under the age of 20.

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