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The mission of the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Health Services Department is to promote positive and culturally sensitive behavioral health and substance abuse services including efforts aimed at primary prevention of psychosocial disorders as well as provide counseling services for individuals, families, groups, community meetings, and intervention services, including assessments.
For more information about the Counseling Services available, contact Sarah Springer at 580-723-4466 ext 252. For information about Youth Counseling, contact Juliana DeWitt at 580-723-4466 ext 262. For information about Substance Abuse Counseling contact Tracy Jones or C.W. Springwater at 580-723-4466 ext 125.
Tribe to Host Special Events for Red Ribbon Week Oct 28-31, 2013
In observance of Red Ribbon Week, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe hosts a substance abuse panel discussion and a presentation for parents on how to talk to their children about drug abuse next week. Both events are free and open to the public.
Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Although the start and end dates can vary slightly depending on the organization, Red Ribbon Week generally takes place the last two weeks of October. This year the Otoe-Missouria Tribe will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 26-31.
According to the redribbon.org, Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free America.
The significance of the red ribbon came from the slaying of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique Camarena by drug traffickers in 1985. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan took up the cause after members of a “Camarena Club” brought it to her attention, and Congress declared the first Red Ribbon campaign in 1988.
- The median age at which children begin drinking is 12 (NIDA, 2002).
- Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21. (CADACA, 1996) & (NIAAA, 2002)
- 40% of teens admit to using marijuana one or more times, 8% tried marijuana before the age of 13. (CDC 2011)
- Over 3 million U.S. teens abuse prescription drugs. 70% of them admit to getting them from family or friends. (SAMHSA 2007)
OTOE MISSOURIA TRIBE: STRENGTHEN OUR NATION! LIVE DRUG FREE!
Celebrate Red Ribbon Week by joining us in the following events!
Saturday 26th- Kicking off Red Ribbon Week! Osage Nation Counseling Center Red Ribbon Pow-wow!
- Pow-wow starts at 7pm, for transportation call the number below.
Monday 28th –“Wear Red Day” Wear your Red t-shirt and or ribbon.
Tuesday 29th- “Team Up against Drugs” Wear your favorite sports team apparel.
- Substance Abuse Question Panel with Members at Otoe-Missouria Senior Center @ 5:00pm-7:00pm food and drinks will be served. The tribal complex is located at 8151 HWY 177 in Red Rock, OK.
Wednesday 30th- “Strengthen Our Nation” Show your native pride and wear you’re tribal shirt
- Speaker David Kaskaske at the Otoe Baptist Church in Red Rock, OK. Topic: “Engaging Parents in the Fight Against Drug Abuse” followed by trivia, prizes, and Dinner 5:30-7:30.
Thursday- 31st “Drugs and Alcohol are tricks not treats” Dress festive for Halloween! -Prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd place!
If you have any questions or for transportation info call the Otoe-Missouria Substance Abuse Program staff at 580-723-4466 ext. 125.