One drug enforcement operation this summer seized 204 packages containing almost 48,545 illicit or unlawfully diverted pills. Almost all of those pills, 44,580, were tramadol. One DEA agent estimates around 100,000 pills are arriving in Alaska every month.
A trip to the emergency room can be a crucial window to assist people in their recovery. Now some providers are giving patients a medicine to ease the transition so they can seek additional care. Recently, a hospital in Juneau completed one year of this program with encouraging results.
As prospects for a veto override look increasingly slim, organizations that provide aid to low-income, homeless and other needy Alaskans say they’re facing increasingly difficult choices.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska on June 28. The announcement follows a visit to the state where he saw firsthand how many rural communities have little-to-no public safety presence.