The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is partnering with the Helios Alliance to end the opioid crisis in Alabama.

The Helios Alliance collaborates with organizations to promote public health and provide addiction solutions.

Stephanie A. Bryan, chair and CEO of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, said the Tribe is honored to come together with Helios to address drug addiction.

“We believe that our mutual commitment to the well-being of all Alabamians, coupled with a shared determination to pursue innovative solutions to this complicated and heartbreaking problem, can have a significant, positive impact on our communities,” Bryan said.

The goal is to come up with strategies to prevent drug addiction and focus on treatment, education and recovery strategies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 106,699 drug overdose fatalities in the U.S. in 2021. In Alabama, there were 1,408 drug fatalities.

Anyone in Alabama can receive a free Narcan kit, an opioid-reversal treatment, by completing an online training video.

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