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The capital city of Alaska, Juneau, is home to approximately 31,276 residents. Located in the Alaskan panhandle, the Greater Juneau Borough is larger in land mass than Rhode Island and Delaware with less than a thirtieth of those states’ populations. Many Alaskans live in small, close-knit communities or in isolation, making it incredibly difficult to get treatment for a substance use disorder. Moreover, the stigma of reaching out for help can prevent someone in desperate need of it from taking the necessary steps to detox.
The most common addiction issues in the Juneau area include:
In 2019, there were 17.8 overdoes deaths per 100,000 residents in Alaska. Recent years have shown that 60% of overdoses in the state are related to Opioids. Unfortunately, Opioid use is higher in areas like Juneau due to prescribing rates for prescription Opioids (such as oxycodone and hydrocodone). In Juneau specifically, there were 25 opioid-related overdoses between 2013 and 2017, equal to 15 deaths per 100,000 people. In early 2016, 6 people died of heroin overdose in Juneau–equivalent to nearly 800 people fatally overdosing in Los Angeles in mere months.
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In Alaska, alcohol is the primary substance of abuse for most adults. Nearly 54% of Alaskans over the age of 12 (over 313,000 people) reported drinking alcohol in the past month and 23% reported binge drinking. There are enough residents with an alcohol use disorder in the state to fill the city of Juneau. The effect of alcohol abuse on the community has involved drunk driving deaths and increases in alcohol-related crime, such as assault and theft. In fact, 25% of all criminal offenses related to alcohol abuse.
Alaska is ranked as one of the highest states with per capita alcohol consumption.
Heroin Use Disorders
Authorities in Juneau estimate there are approximately 200 people suffering an active heroin addiction.
The city of Juneau is responsible for 15% of Alaska’s heroin-related deaths.
grams of meth
In 2017, Juneau police confiscated 3,093 grams of meth–almost 4 times more than was seized the year before.
Separated by thousands of miles of northern wilderness, Alaska’s biggest cities are nearly equidistant from megalopolises like New York; Frankfurt, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan. Subsequently, finding addiction treatment can be challenging. However, drug and alcohol rehabs are available in the area and offer a range of detox services (including outpatient drug rehab and medication-assisted treatment). Additionally, the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence maintains a presence in the city to help fight addiction.
If you’re ready to stop the cycle of addiction and abuse but need more information on drug or alcohol rehab, contact a treatment provider today.
Destiny Bezrutczyk is a Digital Content Writer from west Iowa. She earned a Bachelor’s in English Language and Literature from Texas Tech University. After working as a freelance script and blog writer, she began writing content for tech startups. Maintaining a passion for words, she took on a variety of projects where her writing could help people (especially those battling mental health and substance use disorders).