SEARHC steps up fight against opioid epidemic in Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - SEARHC, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, has taken aim at a troubling epidemic in Juneau.

    SEARHC has opened a dedicated opioid treatment program in Juneau.  In a release, the organization said it recognizes opioid use disorders like other chronic illnesses, as a disease, and addiction treatment is considered a routine part of health care.

    In response, the organization opened the Front Street Clinic Opioid Treatment Program late last month.  SEARHC President and CEO Charles Clement is quoted in the release as saying the clinic is dedicated to proven, evidence-based treatment for people struggling with opioid abuse and dependence.

    The program is the only certified service of its kind in Southeast Alaska.

    SEARHC, one of the largest Native-run health care organizations in the United States,  provides health services in 27 communities in the region.



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