American Indians and Opioids

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The Opioid Epidemic: Definitions, Data, Solutions

This fact sheet by theNational Congress of American Indians Policy Research Centerpresents data on opioids and overdose deaths among American Indian/Alaskan Native populations. The document details several policy-based solutions for Native American communities to take community action and work through opioid use disorder.

American Indian and Alaska Native: Tribal Affairs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) has created a set of behavioral health equity resources relating to American Indian and Alaskan Native populations. Resources include national survey reports, information on agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.

Oversight Hearing on Opioids in Indian Country: Beyond the Crisis to Healing the Community

This link contains a video of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on the opioid crisis in Indian Country featuring testimony from representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, the Indian Health Service, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, and the National Indian Health Board.

IHS Announces a New Policy to Expand Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in Remote Locations

Indian Health Service’s (IHS) Internet Eligible Controlled Substance Provider Designation policy was announced this November. This policy allows HIS, tribal, and urban Indian organization healthcare providers the ability to provide MAT through telemedicine.

Cherokee Nation has Seen an Increase in the Number of Children in Foster Care

In addition to seeing an increase of children in foster care, many children from the Cherokee Nation are being placed with non-Native families because there aren't enough within the Tribe to fulfill the need. The opioid crisis has impacted Native American populations at a higher rate than any other racial and ethnic group in the United States. This article discusses the challenges with children growing up away from the culture they are most familiar with.