State of Emergency declared on Walpole Island First Nation

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A State of Emergency has been declared on Walpole Island First Nation in response to a drug epidemic.

According to OPP, the Chief and Counsel declared the emergency in July after a rise in illicit drug use and overdoses in the recent months.

In a statement, officers from both the Walpole Island Police Service (WIPS) and the OPP say they are committed to making Walpole Island First Nation a safe community for all.

The statement goes on to say that members within the community should expect to see a greater police presence, both day and night, in efforts to combat the trafficking and use of illegal substances.