opioid use disorder

Opioid And Stimulant Education, Outreach, and Training For Montanans






Rural Opioid Technical Assistance 2018 Grant Project: MSU Extension Rural Health &Safety Education Expansion to Provide Evidence-Based Training on Prescription Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

(Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA--Grant ended July 31, 2021)

The goal of this grant project was to partner with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, State Targeted Response (STR), State Opioid Response (SOR) recipients and the Montana Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grantees to expand capacity to address opioid use and misuse in Montana.  According to a 2013 report by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, a higher prevalence of prescription opioid use was reported by American Indians than by whites.  In response to the growing need to address prescription opioid misuse among American Indians, the following Montana tribes participated in the project:  Northern Cheyanne, Fort Belknap, and Fort Peck. This project allowed for expanded efforts to address prescription opioid misuse among pregnant mothers and those caring for elderly populations in rural and tribal communities across Montana. 

USDA Rural Health and Safety Education:  Educating and Empowering Aging Populations in Rural Montana about Opioid Misuse and Abuse

There were three main goals to this grant:

Goal 1: Gain an understanding of community perceptions and knowledge-level
related to opioid use by working with county Extension Faculty to coordinate six
forums in six rural Montana communities.     

Goal 2: Use information obtained from the six forums and an on-line survey targeting 300 adult Montanans to develop Montana-specific materials and provide Technical Assistance Training resources to assist communities in raising awareness of opioid misuse and proper disposal of opioid-based medications.

Goal 3: Collaborate with three rural communities to initiate their own prescription
opioid awareness education to include proper disposal methods.


Rural Opioid Technical Assistance 2020 Grant Project: MSU Extension Expansion Project to Provide Education, Outreach and Training on Opioid and Stimulant Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for Rural and Native Montana Youth 

(Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA--funding period August 31, 2020--August 30, 2022)

The goal of this project is to better understand situations faced by rural and Native youth in Montana related to prescription opioid and stimulant misuse. According to the Montana Office of Public Instruction, 2019 Youth Risk Behavior survey, one in ten highschool students has taken a prescription drug without a doctor's prescription.  Sustainable partnerships with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, a State Targeted Response (STR) and a State Opioid Response (SOR) recipient, the Montana Primary Care Association (MPCA), and the Montana Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grantees, allow us to expand the capacity needed to address prescription opioid and stimulant use and misuse among youth in Montana. A significant portion of our work will involve greater outreach and more effective, relevant prevention efforts for Native American youth and young adults.

msu logoFocus Groups with Rural High Schools--Summary available here

msu logoFocus Groups with Tribal Communities--Summary Available Upon Request

msu logoYouth Surveys collected from Rural High Schools--IN PROGRESS

msu logoYouth Classroom Educational Presentation and Video -- IN PROGRESS