Tri-County Opioid Response Project
The Tri-County Opioid Response Project, was funded in September 2018 through a Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to serve southeastern Oklahoma’s Choctaw, Pushmataha, and McCurtain Counties. The project specifically aims to address the systemic needs of the opioid epidemic. The Planning Grant project encourages partnerships with community members and their organizations to start informative dialogues, build partnerships and plan systemic changes to prevention, treatment and recovery of individuals affected by this epidemic. Our goal is to create a positive impact on community health and reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with the opioid overdose. As one of the top three identified priorities by our service communities and 27-member Board of Directors, this new project already has a strong base of support as it plans for future resources and programming to decrease opioid overdose deaths and addiction within the tri-county area.
Planning Focus Area
The main goal for the planning process is to understand the exposures to opioid use and other substances in our communities. We will try to do this by asking hard questions about community perceptions around opioids and other drugs and how they interact with substances in their daily lives. These questions can help understand how to help prevent opioid use and addiction.
The second goal is to understand what is working and not working for people in treatment or who need treatment. We are asking questions around how to gain access to services and what barriers there are to seeking treatment. Based on the information from people who are in and seeking treatment we will work with service organizations to increase access and improve existing programs around the things people need most.
The third and final goal is to understand what supports people in recovery. We are asking questions about current recovery programs and if they are helpful, if they can be improved or what is lacking that could be instrumental to staying in recovery. Specifically, speaking with A.A. Groups, Celebrate Recovery Groups, inmates and many other members of the community.
Many people don’t understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that people who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choice. Drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will.
Little Dixie Tri-County Opioid Response Project
If you know anyone employed by a school, law enforcement, substance treatment center, physician or family member that may have some feedback or can help with connection, or if you yourself have a story or suggestions to share in these three areas, please contact:
Janis Cravatt-Rico, Project Director
Office: (580) 326-3351
209 North 4th Street,
Hugo, OK 74743
*Serving Pushmataha, Choctaw and McCurtain Counties
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