Naloxone — a medication that rapidly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose — has long been used by emergency medics, but now it’s being deployed to police departments and non-profits at the front line of the state’s opioid crisis. Even with millions of new federal dollars being spent, the demand in outpacing the supply.
A U.S. Senate committee met Wednesday to figure out what to do about health care. The hearing was open and bipartisan, just the process U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was calling for when she cast a key vote against the repeal-and-replace plan Republican leaders drafted behind closed doors. But time is short.
The state’s main syringe exchange can’t keep up with demand for clean needles among injection drug users. The Alaska AIDS Assistance Association, or Four A’s, collects used syringes in its Anchorage office and gives out new supplies, primarily to people using heroin and other opioids.