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Oklahoma Behavioral Health Meeting 2014

Dr. Anne Helene Skinstad presented at the 2014 Oklahoma Behavioral Health meeting which took place August 6-8 in Tulsa Oklahoma. Her presentation, Prescription Drug Abuse in Tribal Communities: A Public Health Action Plan was recorded and is available for viewing at this link.

Tribal Prescription Drug Abuse Summit: Moving from Information Sharing to Action Plan

On June 29, 2012, the SAMHSA Region (V) Office, in collaboration with other Region V/Bemidji Area Department Health and Human Services operating divisions, held the Tribal Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Bloomington, MN.  Over 90 participants, representing 16 Tribes, 7 Federal agencies, 6 resource support agencies, and 3 States, attended the Summit. Participants included tribal chairs and council members, healthcare administrators, clinical providers, law enforcement personnel and others. The Summit provided a forum for information dissemination, action plan development, and peer-to-peer support.

Information that was presented at the Summit was based upon the four pillars of the ONDCP 2011 “Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan”: Education, Tracking/Monitoring, Disposal, and Enforcement. Following a brief presentation on each of the above topics, participants engaged in table discussion to identify challenges and resources while drafting an action plan to implement in their respective Tribes. Following the action plan development, each table was able to “report out” a summary of their ideas to share with other participants.

The Summit concluded with a presentation on team building since no one agency, system, or profession is solely responsible for combating prescription drug abuse. This issue must be addressed as partners in public health and public safety to ensure a coordinated implementation of each Tribe's prescription drug abuse prevention plan.

Please find the entire downloadable document at this link.

Individual presentations from the Tribal Prescription Drug Abuse Summit are available to you below. They include:

Goals of Summit presented by David Bingaman, HRSA Deputy Regional Administrator,  Region V

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Strategic Plan presented by Larry Scott, Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

American Indian Substance Abuse Prevention Activity in Minnesota presented by Denise Lindquist, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Chemical and Mental Health Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, American Indian Section

Prescription Drug Abuse: Recognition, Intervention, and Prevention presented by Nicholas Reuter, Division of Pharmacologic Therapy, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Safe Disposal of Unused Medicine presented by Brian D. Garthwaite, PhD, Compliance Officer, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Minneapolis District

Prescription Drug Abuse: A Law Enforcement Collaborative Perspective presented by Sgt. Matthew St. George, Minneapolis Police Department, DEA/TFO


Following the Tribal Prescription Drug Abuse Summit, monthly calls were conducted by for the Region V Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Tribal Prescription Drug Abuse Workgroup for the Bemidji Area Tribes. The monthly calls served as a Tribal learning community where Tribes could share promising practices, identify additional resources, and receive Tribe to Tribe support in implementing their prescription drug abuse action plan.

The presentations are available to you below:

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Pokagon Band of Potawatomi presented by Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and the Pokagon Band Pharmacy staff: Nate Sagarsee, PharmD and Pharmacy Manager, Tonya Griggs, CPhT, and Lorraine Malone, CPhT

Oneida Prescription Drug Abuse presented by Ravi Vir, MD, MBA

Techniques Used in Combating Prescription Drug Abuse presented by Becky Tussing, RN -Associate Directior, KBIC DHHS, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Prescription Drug Summit Follow-Up presented by SAMHSA Region V/ Bemidji Area Tribal

Efforts to Mitigate Prescription Abuse in White Earth, MN presented by Dr. Carson Gardner and Judy Rose, PharmD

Ho-Chunk Nation Integrative Team Approach presented by CDR Ted Hall, PharmD, BCPP, Ho-Chunk Nation Director of Pharmacy/Chief Pharmacist

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