IHS National Committee on Heroin Opioids and Pain Efforts
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The Indian Health Service (IHS) National Committee on Heroin Opioids and Pain Efforts (HOPE Committee) works with tribal stakeholders to promote appropriate and effective pain management, reduce overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioid misuse, and improve access to culturally appropriate treatment.
The committee consists of five (5) workgroups that aim to foster tribal relationships to:
- Identify local resources that are available to treat pain and substance use disorders
- Ensure adequate administrative support to effectively coordinate patient care
- Encourage IHS facilities to increase clinical capacity and identify viable training and educational resources to support IHS prescribers, practitioners, tribal leadership, and community members
- Facilitate meaningful discussions surrounding development of comprehensive medication-assisted treatment (MAT) strategies
As part of IHS's commitment to ensuring a coordinated, holistic response to the opioid and heroin epidemic, the HOPE Committee launched quarterly newsletters to share important updates in the IHS response to the opioid and heroin epidemic. The goal of each newsletter is to briefly highlight resources and share additional information with our healthcare workforce, our employees, and our tribal stakeholders.
Supporting HOPE for Patients Affected by Heroin, Opioids and Chronic Pain
For additional resources and tools for appropriate pain management, visit HOPE Committee’s Pain Management website.