In February of 2022, it was announced that more than 400 Native American tribes reached a tentative opioid settlement with Johnson & Johnson and several drug distributors. Native Americans and Alaska Natives have suffered disproportionately from opioid overdose deaths and this settlement is a first step in addressing a problem that has disproportionately affected Indian Country. All of the 574 federally recognized tribes are eligible to receive a portion of the settlement, even if they didn’t participate in the lawsuit.
The awarded settlement of $590M will be used to counter the damage that has been done to tribal communities because of the opioid epidemic. At Indigenous Pact we understand the devastating toll the opioid epidemic has had in Indian Country. Native Americans have suffered the highest per capita rate of opioid overdose in the country.
Indigenous Pact offers services to help tribes plan and launch Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs). This could include integration of an OTP services into existing health care operations, or the development of a stand-alone clinic, or an Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) certified mobile clinic operations or any combination thereof.