December 2022 | Issue 21
Naloxone Keeps the Circle Strong:
Combatting the Opioid Epidemic in Indian Country
The opioid epidemic has received quite a bit of media attention and rightfully so. On average, 250 Americans die every day from an opioid.
This opioid crisis has hit Tribal communities particularly hard. In just one year (2019 to 2020), overdose death rates increased by 39% among American Indian and Alaska Native persons.

While confusion exists on how we can help, there is something we can do! Here is a two-fold approach we can take to impact this staggering statistic and ensure families are kept together.
This material was prepared by Comagine Health for the American Indian Alaska Native Healthcare Quality Initiative under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. NQIIC-AIHQI-306-12/20/2022