Substance abuse prevention isn’t as simple as “just say no.”
For those battling addiction in Indian country, the circumstances surrounding their addiction are far more complex than a single poor choice of saying “yes.” Addiction is not the result of bad people doing bad things. It is a disease, and like any other disease, there are a host of factors that influence its origins in a person’s life, how susceptible they are to the disease, how it presents itself, and how it is best treated.
Alcohol and drugs threaten the future of Indian Country.
American Indians struggle specifically with drugs like alcohol, marijuana, meth, and inhalant drugs. Compared to other ethnic groups, american indians have the highest rate of alcohol use and the lowest rate of graduation.