Assembly committee focuses on statewide opioid addiction plan

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A public safety meeting at City Hall Wednesday focused on opiate addiction and the state's efforts to develop an effective response plan.

Andy Jones, director for the office of substance misuse and addiction prevention, told assembly members over the phone the purpose of the meeting was to highlight the problem.

"Especially when it comes to substance misuse and opioids, it requires all hands on deck pretty much, from multiple agencies across the state and at the local level," Jones said.

Elana Habib, an opioid misuse and addiction prevention specialist, says the goal is to coordinate with communities across the state to figure out what's missing and how to best support those communities.

"We are working across the state in different areas to ensure that primary prevention occurs, which means increased provider education as well as really using our prescription drug monitoring," Habib said. "We're working across the state to develop more treatment access for folks and we are also working very hard on overdose prevention."

Jones said the state has been working to develop more than 79 overdose response programs statewide.

A Community Cafe looking at how South Anchorage can get involved in solving the problem of misusing prescription opioids will be held Thursday, Feb. 8 at Goldenview Middle School from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.



 
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