OxyContin Misuse on a Reservation: Qualitative Reports by American Indians in Talking Circles


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

Few studies have addressed OxyContin use among American Indians (AIs) on reservations. Eight focus groups were conducted as “talking circles” (2006 and ) with 49 AI adults and youth. An emergent design was utilized in which the initial two circles were planned, but the subsequent six circles evolved from tribal members’ input. Participants reported an increase in OxyContin use; negative effects on individuals, families, and the tribe; a lack of treatment options; and a growing problem on other reservations. Results indicate the need to further research prevalence and patterns of use to design interventions to curtail OxyContin abuse on reservations.

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