Bethel Community Gathers To Discuss Opioid And Heroin Addiction

Sep 20, 2016

Bethel Regional High School Students gather in the school gym for a discussion on heroin and opioid addiction.
Credit Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Law enforcement and health officials are asking the community for help in stemming the tide of opioid and heroin addiction in Alaska.

Monday in Bethel, the Alaska U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, local law enforcement, and local health officials held a community forum on the issue at Bethel City Hall. The evening began with a screening of the documentary film Chasing the Dragon, which is produced by the FBI and DEA and focuses on heroin and opioid addiction. The screening was followed by a community discussion. The group held a similar event at Bethel schools that morning.

You can listen to a recording of the community discussion here. After the introduction, the first speaker is Andrea Hattan, a federal prosecutor with the Alaska U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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The Department of Justice has named this week National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week. It’s a week to educate the public on the effects of heroin and opioid abuse and give people information to help them stop the epidemic.