To submit my life and my strength to a substance that has no intention other than to cause me harm is not my natural instinct. It’s not my DNA. I was born, by nature, into strength, tenacity, and the ability to overcome, no matter the circumstance. These are the characteristics that are in my blood and that wrote my history. I can take ownership in that history and commit to writing the next chapter with integrity and pride. Our ancestors fought for us. I will fight for our future.
It’s our code. It’s our cause.
They probably already have. The stats pretty much prove that.
But if you’re here, the odds are also high that you might be looking for a way to say no. Or a way to say that you need help. We can help with both of those things.
MyDNA was created because of an epidemic-size problem among our young people: abuse of and addiction to drugs and alcohol.
This is not another soft-spoken set of facts or an empty list of data. This is personal. This is you, me and every kid that lives on your street. That’s why this is more than a program. This is a promise:
We will fight to rebuild a Drug-Free Native America.
If you are already using drugs or alcohol and need free, confidential help, it’s available now.
Join us. Sign up to stay informed as MyDNA develops.
Oklahoma SPF-TIG project is funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
• 32,000 young people in Oklahoma are struggling with addiction RIGHT NOW. 80% of them say that they got their first drugs or alcohol from friends and peers. 50% got it from family members.
• On average, two Oklahomans are killed every single day by prescription drug overdose.
• Every day in the U.S., 2500 youth ages 12-17 take a non-prescribed painkiller for the first time.
• Approximately 68 young people die from alcohol-related deaths every year in Oklahoma.
• The average age at which Oklahoma youth report taking their first drink is 12.
• 21.2 million Americans over the age of 12 currently need treatment for illegal drug or alcohol use problem.
Statisics provided by: drugfreeworld.org, oklahomawatch.org, ok.gov, and National Survey on Drug Use and Health
If you read only one thing on this page, read this: popping prescription pills is no safer or less addictive than other drugs. A stunning 50% of teens admitted that they thought they were playing it safe by choosing prescription drugs even if they’re someone else’s prescription drugs.* The reality is, about half of the drug overdoses in the U.S. are from prescriptions.
It’s a growing problem everywhere, but Oklahoma is consistently ranked among the worst - especially in the Native American population.
In Cleveland and Pottawatomie Counties alone, eight out of ten deaths from 2007 to 2013 involved at least one prescription painkiller.
So what can you do? DON’T LET DRUGS USE YOU.
Find out how to get involved here.
KNOW THE SIGNS OF OVERDOSE
• Won’t awaken when aroused
• Bluish purple skin tones on lighter skinned people; gray/ashen tones for darker skinned people
• Slow, shallow, erratic or absent breathing
• Snore-like gurgling or choking sounds
• Elevated body temperature
• Irrational behavior or confusion
CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY
Nationwide, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the most alcohol poisoning deaths per million people, according to the CDC. Even more disturbing, the average Oklahoman reports taking their first drink at age 12.
KNOW THE SIGNS OF ALCOHOL POISONING
• Slow or irregular breathing
• Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
• Low body temperature
• Passing out/can’t be awakened
CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY
We are committed to giving Oklahoma youth new alternatives to drugs and alcohol.
Drop us an email for more information or to stay informed as MyDNA develops.
Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Help Line 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Tobacco Help Line 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
Reachout Hotline 1-800-522-9054
Pottawatomie County Sheriff 405-273-1727
Cleveland County Sheriff 405-701-8888
Absentee Shawnee Tribal Police 405-275-3200
Little Axe Health Center Behavioral Health
Absentee Shawnee Tribe
15951 Little Axe Drive
Norman, OK 73026
(NO COST TO TRIBAL MEMBERS)
Sac and Fox Tribe Behavioral Health (Black Hawk Indian Health Center)
Rt. 2 Box 247
Stroud, OK 73079
Kickapoo Tribe Behavioral Health
407 Oklahoma 102
McLoud, OK 74851
Red Rock Behavioral Health OKC
2242 NW 39th
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Red Rock Behavioral Health Norman
900 E. Main|
Norman, OK 73071
Red Rock Behavioral Health Shawnee
101 N. Union Ave.
Shawnee, OK 74801
OU Medical Center Dept of Psychiatry and B.H. (Non-Native adults)
920 Stanton L. Young Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
The Referral Center
1215 NW 25th
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Oklahoma County Crisis Center (Intervention)
1200 NE 13th
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
Oklahoma’s Community Crisis Connection Heartline
Referral line for health and human services available 24 hours a day.
Certified call specialists available 24 hours a day.
Text “start” or “go” to 741-741. Free, confidential help 24 hours a day.
24-HOUR SUICIDE LINES
DOMESTIC ABUSE & VIOLENCE
Love Is Respect
Text “loveis” to 22522, 24 hours a day
Live chat 7 days a week 5pm to 3am at loveisrespect.org
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Help available 24 hours a day
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe would like to thank the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board for their funding of the Oklahoma SPF-TIG project.
SOCIAL HOST OKLAHOMA
SOCIAL HOST OKLAHOMA
The law states that if any person under 21 drinks alcohol on your property – whether you own or rent and regardless of if you’re home when it occurs – you are responsible if there is an accident. Fines start at $500 and you could be arrested.
Any person, adult or minor, providing a location for underage drinking.
If a minor who has been drinking alcohol at your house is injured or killed, you can be charged with a felony. That’s up to 5 years in prison and $2500 in fines.
Oklahoma’s Social Host law is also known as “Cody’s Law”, after a minor who was killed after drinking at a friend’s home. Find out more at www.oklahomasocialhost.com
Research proves it: teens who have activities that interest them are less likely to get involved with drugs and alcohol. Keeping them engaged and focused on activities that stimulate their thinking or challenge their abilities can help build confidence, give them focus, and keep their attention away from drugs and alcohol.
A project of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe and SAMHSA