CTN-0033-Ot: Methamphetamine and Other Drug (MOD) Use Among American Indians

The Methamphetamine and Other Drugs (MOD) in American Indian and Alaska Native communities (AI/AN) project grew from NIDA’s commitment to reducing health disparities with a specific emphasis on a better understanding of the epidemiology and treatment of drug abuse, and its health consequences in minority populations in general, and AI/AN communities in particular.

Because there are limited data available on methamphetamine use in American Indian communities, exploratory and pilot studies will be conducted to develop collaborations with tribes and Native American treatment programs and to explore the epidemiology of methamphetamine use and co-occurring problems and disorders in diverse Native American communities.  This preliminary research will be coordinated among the Nodes to provide a more comprehensive exploration of methamphetamine problems in Indian country.  These studies will provide a solid foundation for more rigorous epidemiologic studies and/or clinical research on methamphetamine dependence in Indian Country. 

The five subcomponents of this protocol are:

On January 25, 2012, an interview with researcher Lisa Rey Thomas of the Pacific Northwest Node was posted on the 4researchers.org web site. The interview describes CTN-0033 and focuses in particular on how researchers were able to build partnerships with American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Read the interview here

See also article 741 in the CTN Dissemination Library, “Research Partnerships between Academic Institutions and American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes and Organizations: Effective Strategies and Lessons Learned in a Multisite CTN Study.”