As a result of the current Federal government funding situation, the information on this website may not be up to date or acted upon. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at www.opm.gov . Despite the lapse in appropriations, IHS will continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through IHS clinics. For more information on how IHS is impacted, visit: HHS Contingency Plan
IHS Addresses the Opioid Epidemic in Indian Country
The Indian Health Service is working in partnership with tribes to combat the opioid crisis in Indian Country. The CDC reported that American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest drug overdose death rates in 2015, compared to other racial and ethnic groups. The Indian Health Service is focused on promoting appropriate and effective pain management, reducing overdose deaths, and improving access to culturally appropriate treatment. Learn more about what IHS is doing to help patients, tribal communities and providers to prevent opioid misuse.