The Southern Plains Tribal Health Board’s (SPTHB) SPF Rx project aims to reach the 39 federally recognized American Indian Sovereign Nations housed in Oklahoma, beginning with 10 initially so that a strong foundation is in place to build a Native-focused, culturally sensitive OUD prevention infrastructure. SPTHB will initially serve 87,000 tribal citizens annually through current partnerships with 7 sovereign nations. SPTHB’s SPF Rx project will broaden our existing prescription drug misuse prevention efforts by creating a statewide, Native-focused infrastructure that builds upon our county-specific initiatives from previous substance use prevention funding. We will initiate awareness campaigns and capacity-building about opioid use disorder (OUD) and prevention, as well as the role and value of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) as a tool to deter OUD.
Goal One is to Raise awareness about the dangers of sharing medications and work with pharmaceutical and medical communities on the risks of overprescribing to young adults in tribal communities.
Goal Two is to Raise tribal community awareness and bring prescription drug abuse prevention activities and education to schools, communities, parents, prescribers, and their patients.
Goal Three is to Incorporate Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) data into tribal needs assessments and strategic plans as indicators of the program’s success.