The SPF Rx grant program, awarded in September of 2016, is an opportunity to target the priority issue of prescription drug misuse. The Southern Plains Tribal Health Board Oklahoma Tribal Epidemiology Center and four of its Tribal Partners have prioritized and successfully implemented strategies to reduce the non-medical use of prescription drugs in Indian Country.

The program is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of sharing medications and work with pharmaceutical and medical communities on the risks of overprescribing to young adults.  SPF Rx will also raise community awareness and bring prescription drug abuse prevention activities and education to schools, communities, parents, prescribers, and their patients.  In addition, SAMHSA will track reductions in opioid overdoses and the incorporation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) data into needs assessments and strategic plans as indicators of program success.

The program directly supports the goals of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative:  Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness. Prescription opioid-related overdose deaths now outnumber overdose deaths involving all other illicit drugs, including heroin and cocaine.[1]  Due to the alarming trends related to prescription drug misuse and opioid overdoses, SAMHSA is prioritizing efforts to address prescription drug misuse.[2]

Goals of the Project:

  • Reduce Native prescription drug disparities,
  • Increase Natives perception of the risk from prescription drug use,
  • Obtain PMP data for planning,
  • Implement CDC and SAMHSA best practices and
  • implement a statewide Tribal prescription drug awareness campaign.
  • Work with the PMP Data Improvement Workgroup in our first year to expand membership and develop a channel to communicate the needs of Native health organizations.
  • Implement a Native specific evidence based statewide awareness campaign to increase Natives perceptions of the risks and consequences of prescription drug use.

[1]CentersforDisease ControlandPrevention.WONDER[database].Atlanta,GA:USDepartmentofHealthand HumanServices,CentersforDiseaseControlandPrevention;2013.Availableat

[2]Warner M, Chen LH, Makuc DM, Anderson RN, Miniño AM. Drug poisoning deaths in the United States, 1980– 2008. NCHS data brief, no 81. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2011.

  1. The first year of our work will be devoted to planning, partnership building, and completion of an SPF Rx Epidemiological Profile and Strategic Plan for all Natives in our catchment area. The plan will be a “continuous action strategic plan” that requires quarterly progress updates and continuous quality improvement reports.
  2. In grant years 2-5 we will provide direct service performance contracts to a small number counties representative of the highest needs for Natives, through a Mentorship Program pairing them with Tribes who have shown success in our Partnerships For Success program.
  3. Through policy changes at the PMP and media awareness we will impact Native communities and provide direct services in culturally appropriate prevention techniques in years 2-5 in high needs counties.

The SPF Rx grant program builds upon the expertise and established SPF-based prevention infrastructures of states/tribes to address one of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities, prescription drug misuse among youth ages 12-17 and adults 18 years of age and older.  SPF Rx funding for SAMHSA in FY 2016 is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) strategic effort to address the non-medical use of prescription drugs and opioid overdoses.

  • In 2016 the SPTHB/OKTEC received the 5 year Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx) grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
  • Developing strong partnerships with the tribes we serve.

The Oklahoma Inter-Tribal Consortium Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success (SPF-Rx) grant was awarded in 2016 from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

Southern Plains Tribal Health Board
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