Gov. Bill Walker has declared Alaska’s opioid epidemic a state disaster and ordered state and federal money for overdose medication. In the declaration, Walker said the opioid epidemic goes quote “beyond the timely and effective response and recovery capability of local resources.”
The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness has warned that a camping ban targeting the homeless could imperil Juneau’s access to federal grant dollars. This is an issue some Assembly members want addressed before the ordinance goes to a vote on Feb. 13.