NIH Tribal Consultation on the Opioid Crisis in Indian Country

Tribal leaders and public health experts attended a Tribal Consultation and listening session with federal representatives at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to discuss the opioid crisis in Native American communities including challenges, strategies, and promising practices for opioid intervention in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. NIH compiled highlighted activities relating to the seven themes that emerged in consultation:


  1. Support for Tribes and Tribal research teams to address behavioral health and substance use.
  1. Support for culturally-adapted research in opioid use disorder (OUD), medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and behavioral health programming.
  1. The need for Tribal consultation on NIH funding, regulatory changes, and the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government.
  1. Expanding support for research in cultural wisdom and practices, and traditional medicines.
  1. Support for research in trauma and resilience in behavioral health and substance use and abuse in Tribal communities.
  1. Support for health research with data collection and analysis systems aligned with varying capacity and priorities of Tribal health organizations and AI/AN communities.
  1. Support for research in culturally appropriate prevention and awareness activities of behavioral health and substance use among Tribal youth.



Please note, this page provides highlighted research and activities compiled relating to the themes that emerged in consultation. For complete lists of NIH funded research projects, please visit  

For more information on the NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM Initiative, or NIH HEAL InitiativeSM , please visit

For more information on research activities supported by NIDA, please visit For more information on research activities supported by NIMHD, please visit



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