Heroin use and abuse is an increasing problem, in particular in rural areas of Alaska. State and national public health programs recently prioritized this issue, as it is a threat to public health and safety. To mitigate this threat, they are implementing campaigns to prevent, reduce, and reverse the effects of heroin use. Our region has also been affected by heroin use, and we are addressing it head on for the health of our people.

In March 2017, we initiated a comprehensive public outreach campaign, with the following goals:


Prepare the community, public service professionals, and local agencies with the tools needed to recognize and quickly address heroin use and distribution.


Educate and inform the community about the signs and risks of heroin use. Promote the messages in an empowering way, letting people no there is no shame and we are all in this together.


Empower individuals and groups to break the silence about heroin use and seek resources to recover from its harmful effects. Provide direct resources or referrals to resources needed to heal.

We ask that you join us and speak up to stop this deadly drug. Help us Call It Out. For hope. For healing. For strength.