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Heroin house shut down

Splatsin First Nation is taking a stand against drugs.

On Thursday, the Shuswap community shut down what many people referred to as The Heroin House.

In a press release, the band near Enderby said a crew was sent to clean up the house, property and surrounding area in an effort to stem the use of drugs.

“We can't tolerate these disrespectful actions of outsiders in our community. Outsiders who are making a living off the addiction of our people,” said the release.

The release, which was signed by chief and council, also encouraged members to think of the consequences of drugs in the community.

“We can't tolerate known or suspected drug dealers in our community, or in our homes. We all have a responsibility to ensure a drug-free community. We all have a responsibility to ensure that not one member dies from a drug overdose.”

Anyone who suspects drug activity is urged to contact Const. Karla Ivany at 250-838-6818.

The band said it has the “full co-operation of the RCMP in closing down any known or suspected drug dealers.”

Splatsin is also bringing in author Gabor Mate June 1 to address the issues surrounding addiction.

Along with writing In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Mate has been working on the Downtown East Side for years.

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