Overdose Prevention Strategies
One of the most delicate and challenging efforts in the fight to reduce the opioid overdose death rates for New Mexico’s Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) has been working with the tribal nations on opioid education and harm reduction. New Mexico has 23 distinctive tribal nations some of which have seen an increase in opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose death rates. Much of the work that has been done in the area of harm reduction has not involved nor focused on tribal communities. Several OSAP staff members have expertise in substance abuse prevention but most importantly, share the same heritage of the tribal communities in New Mexico, which allows them to navigate the complexities of tribal-based prevention efforts more effectively and with cultural sensitivity.
This session will discuss the unique and collaborative approach that has been developed by OSAP to work with tribal communities across the state while keeping in mind discussion barriers and facilitators of the process. OSAP staff have worked closely with the state opioid harm reduction training expert to create a training that works with tribes while addressing challenges specific to them. Best practice is utilizing a train-the-trainer model with the lead opioid harm reduction training expert, training OSAP staff of tribal decent to conduct naloxone trainings in tribal communities. The OSAP tribal staff members are essential to ensuring appropriate cultural sensitivity and sharing of information is done with utmost respect to tribal norms, practices, and language.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.