Prescription Drug Abuse in Indian Country

Lamar Associates Announces New Training Program for Tribal law enforcement, health, education, and service providers.

Washington, DC, May 01, 2009 --( Tribal communities facing an increase in prescription drug abuse are being offered a two-day training program by Lamar Associates.

Lamar Associates, a 100 percent American Indian Owned Professional Services Company, offers Training and Technical Assistance paired with a deep understanding of the challenges facing Indian Country.

In January, a man driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs crashed his automobile and killed a woman on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. In 2007, the Montana State crime lab attributed 141 deaths to four major prescription painkillers compared to 7 attributed to methamphetamine.

“The increase in prescription drug abuse and diversion in Indian Country calls for swift response to help service providers address this growing problem,” said Steven Juneau, Vice- President of Lamar Associates. “After training over 1000 attendees from Indian Country, we know prescription drug abuse has the potential to further devastate our Native communities." Mr. Juneau is a former federal special agent charge and enrolled member of the Haida Tlingit Tribe of Alaska and a descendant of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana.

The two-day training program is designed to educate participants regarding prescription drug abuse and state-of-the-art problem-solving strategies. Training topics include prescription drug abuse in Indian Country, over-the-counter drug abuse, pharmaceutical diversion, and effective measures to combat prescription drug diversion and abuse. Attendees will be provided a resource guide/toolkit CD-ROM filled with Indian Country specific awareness and response resources.

Training attendees of previous Lamar Associates programs have commented the courses are: “The best drug training I have ever had!” “Heartfelt and very real!” “The bar has been raised in meth training!” “I have much more to share with my (tribal) community!” "The most resources I have ever received at a training-thank you!" "Excellent Presenters!"

Walter Lamar, President and CEO of Lamar Associates states, “We designed this training to make a lasting difference in Indian Country; attendees will attest to the fact that it will.” Mr. Lamar is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, descendant of the Wichita Tribe of Oklahoma.

The fee-based training is scheduled for July 22-23 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A website for registration and information is available at

For further information contact Lamar Associates at 202.543.8181. Lamar Associates Web site is

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