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The Rosebud Reservation is one of the most impoverished areas in the United States, and the nationwide drug epidemic has struck its residents. According to new CDC data, Native Americans are experiencing the highest number of deadly drug overdoses involving fentanyl and meth. Additionally, government reports suggest that Mexican drug cartels intentionally target rural Native American Reservations. But despite these challenges, there is hope.
In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, host Angela Kennecke speaks with Carrie Reinders, a licensed professional counselor with 24 years of experience working in the Todd County School District on the Rosebud Reservation. For more than two decades, Carrie has been fighting against the rising trend of addiction in her community, and she’s now part of the pilot program for the Emily’s Hope Prevention Education curriculum.
Designed for K-5 students, this curriculum aims to teach elementary school students about the impact of drugs and alcohol on the brain, body, and life to empower them to make healthy choices. Tune in to hear how Emily’s Hope Prevention Education aims to make a difference in the Rosebud Reservation by giving its elementary school students the tools they need to overcome addiction and build a brighter future.