Tribal Opioid Response Project

“A person dies every 12-and-a-half minutes from an opioid overdose and that’s far too many.”

-US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, MD, MPH; 2018 online article

The Tribal Opioid Response project at United Indian Health Services, Inc (UIHS) is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and serves UIHS Consortium Tribes in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.

Tribal Opioid Response project provides FREE:

  • Lock boxes to store medications and other potentially hazardous materials
  • Naloxone (Narcan) that can reverse an overdose caused by opioidsTest strips to see if a substance contains fentanyl
  • Medication disposal bags so people can safely throw away medications or drugs
  • Safety kits with bandages, antibiotic ointment, condoms, and other hygiene products

These supplies are available to anyone.

Chelsey Castiglione

HPE Supervisor

(707) 825-5066

Samantha Hooven

HPE Specialist

(707) 825-2508

Amanda Colegrove

HPE Manager

(707) 825-4149

If you or someone you know wants support with recovery from opioid addiction, here’s how we can help.

  • Assistance with transportation to appointments related to recovery from opioid
  • addiction. This can include bus passes, help with gas, and rides.
  • Help covering some of the costs of education or job training programs.
  • Cultural and social events that promote sobriety and community connection.

Would you like a FREE educational presentation or training?

Here are topics we can teach you about.

  • Naloxone (Narcan) training
  • Harm reduction language and practices
  • Medication safety
  • Traditional and non-opioid pain management
  • Opioids, opioid use disorder, and health impacts


  • Goal 1: The Tribal Opioid Response project will increase awareness of activities, services, and education that reduce the likelihood of opioid use and encourage addiction treatment for community members.
  • Goal 2: The Tribal Opioid Response project will improve health care providers’ ability to interact with clients in a positive supportive manner and provide culturally relevant and evidence-based addiction recovery practices.
  • Goal 3: The Tribal Opioid Response project will increase the community’s ability to prevent overdose and other negative health impacts of opioids.
  • Goal 4: The Tribal Opioid Response will facilitate client access to recovery services and supports for opioid addiction that contribute to long term sobriety.
  • Goal 5: The Tribal Opioid Response project will increase community awareness of opioid related addictions, overdose prevention, and opioid use recovery related services through education campaigns tailored to community’s needs.

The TOR Program works under UIHS Tribal Public Health Department and alongside the other Health Promotion and Education programs. It oversees and facilitates the Opioid Awareness Coalition