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"The Box" sits in the law enforcement entryway.(Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Drug abuse coordinator: 'We're facing an emergency'

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Misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs have seen a "phenomenal increase" since 1990, Jay Jaffee, a drug and alcohol prevention coordinator, told a group assembled Monday night at St. Joseph's.

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The statement was not surprising to many. Those attending were professionals who work in the field or are recovering addicts.

"We're facing an emergency," said a representative from the White Earth Band.

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