An astonishing 60% of the population on the Rosebud Reservation use meth. It is destroying families and driving a crime wave.  Law enforcement is not only dealing with the criminal aspects of the drug scourge, but its jails are serving as a de facto detox center. According to “Melissa Eagle Bear, Facilities Administrator for the Rosebud Corrections Facility,  ‘Overall, the average stay for inmates is four months; the average length of acute meth detox is three months. The timing works out well for our addicted clients. [That means] we represent the main detox option for incarcerated people.’

Law enforcement is making a concerted effort, with few resources, to turn the tide around.

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