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Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Earlier this week a group gathered in Bethel to talk with the community on the region’s heroin and opioid epidemic. This group included the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, local and state law enforcement, and local health officials. They met with high school students during the day and the community in the evening. At both events, they screened a documentary on heroin and opioid addiction and then held a discussion on the issue where they answered questions from the crowd. KYUK broadcast the community event live from Bethel City Hall. Today on Delta Affairs Weekly, we’re airing segments from that broadcast. Some of these segments have been edited for length. We jump in part-way through the conversation.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Monday a group gathered in Bethel to talk with the community about the region’s heroin and opioid epidemic and what people can do about it. This group included the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, local and state law enforcement, and local health officials. They talked with students at the schools during the day and with the community in the evening. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner and Anna Rose MacArthur discuss why the group came and what happened while they were here.

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.

Alaska Holds Global Gathering On Sewer And Water Issues

Sep 19, 2016
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Experts from around the world are gathering in Anchorage Monday to talk about providing healthy water and sewer services in remote Arctic communities.


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.

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A 21-year-old Bethel man drowned Tuesday evening in the Connecticut River in New Hampshire. Reed McWilliams was working at a historic site near the river as an AmeriCorps Volunteer. He went swimming with a colleague after work, and his body was found a couple hours later by rescue workers. Jordan Cuddemi is a reporter with the Valley News, a newspaper in the upper New Hampshire and Vermont Valley. She talked with KYUK about what happened Tuesday.

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Bethel Search and Rescue says that the five bodies of the victims in last week's deadly midair plane collision were recovered over the weekend. 

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Renfro's Alaskan Adventures has released further details about this weeks mid-air plane collision that killed five people. 

Heroin in the YK Delta

Sep 2, 2016
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On this episode of Delta Affairs Weekly, we speak with Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Ellen Hodges about opioids in the Delta in the aftermath of a series of overdoses and one death in the village of Quinhagak. Hodges came to Bethel in 2002 for the first time and says at that time the idea of heroin in the community was unthinkable.

YKHC Speaks About Growing Heroin Problem

Sep 2, 2016
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In the weeks following the three tragic heroin overdoses and one death in the village of Quinhagak, communities across the Delta are asking about future treatment for overdoses in the region and heroin users in general. KYUK spoke with Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation— just one of the organizations trying to clean up the wreckage heroin leaves behind.