Whiteclay area substance abuse center closes, leaving few alternatives

Pine Ridge Reservation is photographed in 2018.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The only inpatient substance-abuse procedure heart serving the Whiteclay, Nebraska, space has shut, building support for Indigenous Americans battling liquor or drug challenges even fewer obtainable.

The Northeast Panhandle Compound Abuse Procedure Centre (NEPSAC) in Gordon, 37 miles from Whiteclay, shut Jan. 31.

The heart, which had operated due to the fact the 1990s, was the only inpatient treatment centre for alcohol and drug abuse in the vicinity of the sprawling Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which sits across the border from Whiteclay in South Dakota.

The unincorporated village was the previous residence of four beer suppliers that fueled rampant liquor-relevant problems on the reservation ahead of the stores were being closed in 2017.