Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor has called on the U.S. Department of State to take a tougher approach toward preventing the deadly drug fentanyl from illegally entering the United States.
Attorney General Taylor and attorneys general from 15 other states outlined their concerns about the production and trafficking of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. They urged Blinken to do more to stop the influx of fentanyl from China and Mexico.
In Alaska, like elsewhere in the United States, an increase in drug overdose deaths has been driven by a rise in the use of fentanyl. According to preliminary data from the Alaska Division of Public Health, six out of every 10 drug overdose deaths in Alaska last year involved fentanyl.