Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska formed the committee to increase capacity to address and help reduce opioid and other substance addictions in their communities.
The committee will focus its efforts on expanding resources and access to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery strategies and will develop cultural solutions that address public safety and related drug court issues that stem from addiction. In addition to examining existing data on the issues associated with substance addiction, the committee will develop a monitoring system that evaluates the progress made in combating these addictions.
The Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force’s 2017 report, the rate of heroin poisoning resulting in hospital admissions doubled from 2008-2012, the number of heroin associated deaths more than tripled in Alaska from 2008-2013 and the rate of heroin-associated deaths in Alaska was 42% higher than the United States overall in 2012.
Members of the committee include Chair Jackie Pata, Tasha Hotch, Maxine Thompson, James Jack Sr, Delbert Kadake, Paula Peterson, Candace Williams, Catherine Edwards, Rachel Moreno, Judy Helgesen, James Hart, Robert Starbard, Lisa Lang, Holly Burns-Churchill, Eva Rowan, Nathan Lopez, John Jay Silva, Luella Knapp and Cynthia Petersen