Interviewees reported that prescription drugs, alcohol, and marijuana are primary community concerns, each presenting similar and distinct challenges. Additionally, community health is tied to access to resources, services, and culturally appropriate and effective interventions. Treatment data results were consistent with interviewee-reported substance use/abuse trends, with alcohol as the primary drug for 56% of AIAN adults compred to 46% of non-AIAN, and other opiates as second most common for AIAN adults in 2008, with 15% of admissions.
Results Article: Radin SM, Banta-Green CJ, Thomas LR, et al. Substance Use, Treatment Admissions, and Recovery Trends in Diverse Washington State Tribal Communities. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 2012;38(5):511-517 [get article]