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Key Take Aways
  • AI/AN people living on reservations and in urban areas are experiencing the second highest fatality rate from opioid overdose with 13.9 deaths per 100,000 people.
  • Issues of racial misclassification are on-going challenges to accurate reporting.
  • Many localized efforts are often carried out in coordination with federal partners, including SAMHSA, NIDA, CDC, and IHS. Information about these partnerships, however, is not easily available.
  • Comprehensive efforts to address the opioid epidemic in AI/AN communities rely on strong partnerships between tribal governments and local, state, and federal entities.
  • Additional community-based surveillance, treatment, and prevention efforts to respond to the epidemic across diverse tribal and urban AI/AN communities is critically needed.
  • TECs, IHS clinics, I.T. departments of various institutions, and tribal health departments and organizations conduct surveillance specific to opioid-related outcomes and focus on public health impacts – but that information is not readily available.
  • Data dashboards and other tools and technologies could provide accessible platforms to disseminate strategies and promising practices being implemented to address opioid misuse across AI/AN communities.​

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