Surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke at the Alaska Prevention Summit panel in Palmer, as part of a larger Alaska tour talking about solutions to the opioid epidemic. Adams told Glenn Massay Theater crowd Tuesday that he sees some progress in combating the epidemic.
Some Alaskans with opioid addictions who are leaving prisons or juvenile justice facilities will receive federally funded job training. A grant also will pay to increase the number of people trained to provide opioid treatment.
Methamphetamine appears in Alaska at greater volumes than ever before. Opioid crisis is making meth’s negative health impacts worse, allowing it to reach new users and being used in riskier ways. People working at the ground level warn it’s getting worse.