Ensuring Hope Project

The Ensuring Hope Project, SPF-PFS grant, focuses on identifying and addressing local substance use prevention concerns, such as; underage drinking, marijuana, and prescription drug misuse. Our goal is to use local, state, and program survey data to identify the need in our five counties: Cleveland, Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie.

Project Goals

  • Gather Native-specific community data

  • Implement Native-specific strategies to prevent the misuse of substances

  • Increase Native people’s perceptions of the risks and consequences of alcohol and prescription drug misuse

  • Promote mental health, belonging, and well-being among youth and adults

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a highly-addictive prescription opioid that is often mixed with other drugs such as heroin, meth, and cocaine. It is 50x stronger than heroin, and 50-100x stronger than morphine. As little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal.

In 2021, 1,358 non-Hispanic AI/AN people died by overdose, which was the highest rate of any racial or ethnic group. Fentanyl-related overdose death increased by 152% from 2019-2020.

In 2023, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) tests showed 7 out of 10 pills contained a potentially deadly dose of fentanyl.

For more information about Narcan/Naloxone Fentanyl test strips, please call 405.561.7836.


If you or someone you know is in need of crisis support, please call 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The Lifeline’s toll-free number, 988, connects the caller to a certified crisis center near where the call is placed.




For more information about Ensuring Hope Project, contact Elizabeth Foster, Grant Project Director, @ EFoster@astribe.com or Robin Meely, Prevention Specialist, @ RMeely@astribe.com.