CTN-0033-Ot-4: An Exploration of Methamphetamine and Other Drug Use and Treatment Options Among Urban and Rural Northern Plains American Indians

Eugene Somoza, MD, PhD
Frankie Kropp, MS
Lead Investigators
University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Veterans Affairs/CinARC

Exploratory and pilot studies will be conducted to explore the epidemiology of methamphetamine use and co-occurring problems and disorders in diverse Native American communities in the Aberdeen Area of North Dakota.

Primary Findings

Alcohol and marijuana were used earlier, longer, and by more clients, followed by stimulants and prescription opioids. Most regularly smoked tobacco. Differences in substance use patterns were associated with age of onset and victimization. Age of onset was correlated with victimization, gender, cognitive impairment, and suicidal behavior. Despite considerable health and economic disparities, most clients found support for recovery in relationships and elements of Native culture.

Results Article: Kropp FB, Somoza EC, Lilleskov M, et al. Characteristics of Northern Plains American Indians Seeking Substance Abuse Treatment in an Urban, Non-Tribal Clinic: A Descriptive Study. Community Mental Health Journal 2013;49:714-721. [get article]

    Node Involvement

    Lead Node(s):

  • Ohio Valley Node

  • All Participating Nodes:

  • Ohio Valley Node