The national opioid epidemic gives no exception to rural Alaska. Later this year, the U.S. Surgeon General will release a report on substance abuse addiction and health. To prepare, the nation's top medical officer is meeting with health care providers around the country on ways to prevent or treat opioid addiction. He traveled last week to Napaskiak, a town of 500, located seven miles down the Kuskokwim river from Bethel.
[Sound of a boat scraping ashore]
Murthy: “Good to meet you. Thanks for having us here.”
Larson: “Welcome to Napaskiak.”