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May 17, 2019 – Tribal leaders, community members and public health workers are seeking to reduce opioid and substance abuse among Native Americans. Increased use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. and has led tribes to coordinate with interested parties to examine prevention efforts, treatment, recovery and laws governing the drugs.  The opioid crisis was among top issues discussed at the National Indian Health Board’s annual National Tribal Public Health Summit. This year’s gathering was held in Albuquerque, bringing together leaders and health experts focused on improving the overall wellbeing of tribal communities.

NMiF correspondent Antonia Gonzales speaks with health experts who are focused on pressing public health needs in tribal communities.


For Further Reading:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Opioid Overdose
National Indian Health Board

Stacy Bohlen, CEO, National Indian Health Board
Dr. Ron Shaw, CEO, Osage Nation Health Services and past president, Association of American Indian Physicians

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