The opioid crisis has significantly impacted communities throughout the U.S. However, American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) are especially impacted. For example, AI/ANs have the highest rates of diagnosis for opioid use disorders (OUD) and deaths from drug overdose. Highly effective, Federal and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications are available for individuals experiencing OUD disorders. However, utilization of medications approved for OUD are less among AI/ANs. This training program provides participants with a general overview of MAT for OUD for this population. Furthermore, discussion will be provided with regard to the culturally appropriate utilization of MAT for AI/ANs who are experiencing OUD disorders. The session will conclude with broader cultural and sociohistorical perspectives for integrating opioid and substance use disorder treatment into medical care and behavioral health for AI/AN communities.
- To discuss how Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) can assist American Indians/Alaska Natives experiencing opioid use disorders.
- To explain strategies to ensure that Medication Assisted Treatment are provided in a culturally appropriate manner.
- Understand the interactions between historical/intergenerational trauma and SUD
- Summarize historical and cultural considerations in healthcare and behavioral health treatment with American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).
- Integrate knowledge of traditional healing from historical trauma into care of patients with medical, behavioral, and substance use disorders.
Note: The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This program meets the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners’ requirement for 2 hours of training related to the misuse and abuse of controlled substances, the prescribing of opioids, or addiction during each licensure period.