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Lummi health agencies issue emergency alert following “spike in overdose deaths”

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Lummi Tribal Health Center and the Lummi Healing Spirit Clinic issued an emergency alert Wednesday, September 20th, notifying community members of “the current danger out there in our community.”

There has been a spike of overdose deaths which we believe may be due to a change in the supply. We strongly urge you to use these strategies to reduce harm it you or your family members are using substances like fentanyl and methamphetamine.

The following are ways to reduce the risk of overdose:

  • NEVER use alone
    • DO NOT USE at the same time as a friend (take turns)
    • Call this number if you’re going to use when you’re alone – 1-800-483-3731
  • ALWAYS have Kloxxado/Narcan on hand (available at Care and LTHC)
  • Test the supply (free test strips for fentanyl and “TRANQ dope” are available at the Lummi Care office and LTHC)
  • Leave doors open or unlocked
  • Use slowly, especially with a new supply
  • Remember that a person’s tolerance lessens after a couple days of decreased use, which puts you at risk for overdose.

If you witness an overdose, call 911, use Kloxxado/Narcan as directed and start CPR. You are protected from drug possession charges if you call 911 for help.

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We love you very much. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you need any help. Medical treatment for substance use disorders and withdrawal management services are available to help you.

Lummi Harm Reduction – 360-325-2779
Lummi Tribal Health Center – 360-384-0464
Lummi Behavioral Health Crisis Line – 360-594-1317
Lummi Police Department – 360-312-2274
Lummi Care (Counseling Services) – 360-312-2420
Lummi Suboxone (Healing Spirit Clinic OTP) – 360-312-2465
Lummi Tribal Health Center and Lummi Healing Spirit Clinic (September 20, 2023)

Today, Thursday, September 21st, the Lummi Nation announce they were postponing an event to honor the spirit of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (aka Tokitae and Lolita), an orca whale that recently died in captivity in Florida, scheduled for Friday.

Our community has been hit hard with an overwhelming amount of grief this week, and we feel at this time we must come together as a Nation to wrap our arms around the families that are mourning the loss of a love one. We will be taking care of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut as directed and set forth by our elders and ancestors. Lummi Nation (September 21, 2023)

The ashes of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut are being returned to Lummi Nation and will be “taken by boat to a sacred spot to be spread in a traditional water ceremony,” according to a Lummi Nation statement.

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