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Responding to the Opioid Crisis
in Indian Country

Date: October 25 - 26, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Tuition:   $809

Tribal communities are grappling with one of the worst-ever drug crises. Unprecedented numbers of people are dying from opioid-related overdoses, and some experts say the death toll may not peak for years. Meanwhile, users, their families, and the community at large are suffering from the consequences of opioid addiction. In this important class, we’ll look at how tribal communities can respond to the opioid crisis, and highlight best or emerging practices and community experiences. We’ll examine the epidemic from the perspectives of public health, policy, and law enforcement and look at integrated, community-based solutions.


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Public Health
  • Characteristics of opioid use disorder
  • Types of opioid medications and availability
  • Increased heroin abuse
  • Treatment options
  • Barriers to treatment
  • Overdose prevention
  • Pain management options
  • Secondary effects on public health (e.g., Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and other effects
Government-to-Government Relations
  • What is sovereignty?
  • Addressing public health issues while protecting your tribe's sovereignty
Resources for Addressing Addiction
  • Working with federal government agencies, including specific steps taken by Indian Health Service
  • Tribal-state opioid plans
  • Resources available through federal legislation
  • Tribally-specific funding streams
Working with Medical Providers and Treatment Facilities
  • Options for operating treatment centers or medical facilities
  • Additional considerations involving health information technology, compliance and third-party payer concerns
Law Enforcement Challenges
  • Department of the Interior (DOI) Opioid Reduction Task Force
  • Department of Justice Opioid Task Force
  • State task forces
Policy and Litigation Tools
  • Opioid litigation by tribal governments, as well as state and local governments
  • Case studies from tribal communities battling the crisis
  • Setting performance measures
  • Data-related strategies to improve health equity
  • Policies and regulations related to prescribing, distribution and use

*Topics subject to change.

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