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Residents of Behchoko First Nation are starting to see the effects of a booze ban that was lifted last spring after eight years.
“I seen one guy passed out beside the Northern Store and took him home. Yesterday, I seen another guy over there,” said Johnny Naedzo, resident of Behchoko.
Some residents say there has been a spike in public drunkenness.
“They should just put a place, like a treatment centre or an alcohol treatment centre here in this community,” said Naedzo.
The RCMP said the majority of their calls are alcohol related, like mischief, disturbing the peace, impaired driving and assault.
Behchoko, a community of 2,000, is the only one in Tlicho territory to allow alcohol.
“If you put a program in place you have to be proactive in having a plan in place. We need to start looking at ways to help those in need,” said Tony Rabesca, former alcohol counsellor.
“We’re seeing more young people from ages 12-24.”
There’s even some talk about maybe putting the ban back in place.