Gov’ts, industry told to put resource money into addictions

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Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) chair Allan Adam says the five First Nations in northeastern Alberta that form ATC need a “bare minimum” of $20 million to address addictions and mental health issues. That number is only slightly more than the millions of dollars drug dealers make annually in Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. “The opioid crisis has got its own revenue stream… I believe that the drug dealers make $17 to $18 million from our community alone on a yearly basis. I wish our First Nation could make that much money,”said Adam, who is also chief of Athabasca Chipewyan Nation. He
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