Last year, 245 people died from overdoses in Alaska — more than 100 people more than the average from the previous five years.
As more Alaskans seek treatment for opioid use disorder, the state is taking measures to ensure enough medical providers are there to help.
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.