Authorities arrested 27-year-old woman from Prince of Wales Island who allegedly brought the drugs in on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle.
Inspectors found 2.4 ounces of blue “M30” pills that contained fentanyl hidden in a vacuum-sealed bag inside the motor housing of an Oster blender.
Although Rainforest Recovery Center will limit the number of patients for now, providers say the need in and outside the community is growing.
When the pandemic began, Rainforest sent patients home and turned the clinic into an overflow site in case the hospital ran out of room.
The courts have different names and rules throughout the state — some focus on drug use, others on alcohol. And some specialize in categories of defendants, like parents or military veterans.
Rainforest Recovery Center closed for inpatient care in March due to COVID-19 health concerns, sending 11 patients home or to other facilities.
The risk survey also reported an increase in mental health distress among high school students. One in five (19%) of students surveyed reported having attempted suicide at least once.
A positive drug test for methamphetamine has disqualified veteran dog musher Lance Mackey from the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, according to a statement from race organizers.
Patients in recovery come from throughout Southeast Alaska and all over the state, making travel a concern as COVID-19 health restrictions tightened in March.
As more Alaskans seek treatment for opioid use disorder, the state is taking measures to ensure enough medical providers are there to help.