The Red Bank First Nation initiated this two-year pilot project to deal with prescription drug misuse for drugs like Tylenol 3«, cough syrup with codeine, and Ritalin«, which are free, easy to access, and acceptable because they are doctor-prescribed. The project generated a process by the community itself, with the commitment of its political leadership, to address the problem. It devised a non-judgmental team approach, viewing prescription drug misuse as a problem belonging to the entire community. The project staged several focus groups with service providers, community members, and youth; in-depth interviews with community and health representatives exploring factors leading to, and perpetuating, the prescription drug misuse problem; informal meetings; a case study; many workshops; and a video tape. However, the report notes that the undertaking suffered from the absence of a concrete implementation model and from some community resistance.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.