“We absolutely do feel safer,” one plant manager said about having overdose prevention resources on hand.
Fentanyl is behind a 71% increase in drug overdose deaths in Alaska from 2020 to 2021. More than 250 Alaskans died from a drug overdose last year.
The state’s health department recommends all Alaskans carry naloxone, a drug that can rapidly reverse an overdose.
New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that synthetic opioid use is driving the overdose crisis in the U.S.
Nearly 300 Alaskans died of opioid overdoses last year, and most of those deaths involved fentanyl.
Statewide, officials say nearly 60% of fatal drug overdoses involved fentanyl.
Nearly 250 Alaskans died of drug overdoses last year. Six of every ten drug overdoses in Alaska involved fentanyl.
Housing is one of the biggest challenges for people who were involved in the justice system. Case manager Nathan Block says solving that takes effort not just from those people, but from the community, too.
The kits have two doses of Narcan, a fentanyl testing strip and a safe bag to dispose of pills.
Last year, 245 people died from overdoses in Alaska — more than 100 people more than the average from the previous five years.