The Yurok Tribe/SAMHSA TOR Opioid Abuse Prevention Program will use funding to work in conjunction with existing Yurok opioid projects to offer opioid abuse prevention strategies for pivotal age groups. Prevention strategies will include community assessments, education, and outreach. The purpose of this project would be focusing on education and prevention for youth ages 10-17, young adults ages 18-25, and adults ages 25-50. Focusing on these three age groups will allow the Client Services Department (CSD) to identify prevention, education, and outreach activities that are relevant to their social behaviors.
Humboldt and Del Norte counties are where our Tribe is based. These areas exhibit high levels of prescriptions for opioids: 105,159; deaths from opioid overdoses: 27; emergency room visits for opioids: 72; and hospitalizations from opioid abuses: 21 (data from 2020).
Goals relevant to this project are: Education- Informing the community of the impact of historical and generational trauma and how that affects our social behaviors today; Prevention- determining best methods of communications of 3 age groups for appropriate culturally based prevention practices; and Opioid Response- Purchase, educate, and distribute naloxone and Deterra drug deactivation system. Objectives will involve trainings in historical/generational trauma, the use of surveys to determine best methods of communication, and a Summit Event where education and trainings will be held with the end result being the distribution of Deterra and naloxone to clients.
We expect to serve 5,500 clients in the first year and another 5,500 in the second year for a total of 11,000 clients over the course of two years.