Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Chickasaw Nation


Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST


In 2014, Oklahoma ranked 10th in the nation for drug overdose deaths. From 2007 to 2015, more than 5,900 Oklahomans died of unintentional poisonings, with 75% of all of those deaths involving at least one prescription opioid. American Indians in Oklahoma have a higher unintentional poisoning death rate than any other racial or ethnic group in the state.

Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding.  Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. 

This webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

The presenter Miranda Willis will:

  • Highlight the various components of the Chickasaw Nation’s prescription drug abuse prevention movement;
  • Discuss the challenges experienced during the movement’s development and implementation phases; and
  • Share the successes of this movement.

Register now with the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities!