“Every person that trusts me with a piece of their story inspires me to continue this work. They remind me that strength can be displayed in even our toughest times, and support can be provided in many ways. My experience serving Indigenous people has been a true blessing, teaching me a great deal both personally and professionally.”
LCDR Samantha Gustafson, PharmD, received her pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 2008. She began a career in retail pharmacy, and transitioned to a clinical position in 2014 with the Indian Health Service on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Red Lake, MN. She currently serves as the Red Lake Harm Reduction Services Lead, where she is responsible for the naloxone co-prescribing initiative, and has coordinated the deployment of naloxone for the first responders and community members of the Red Lake Nation. She has also contributed to several national opioid projects and committees. She is passionate about providing community education on harm reduction strategies and available treatment resources.