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Heroin ranks low among health priorities in Alaska

ANCHORAGE - Some states, including Alaska, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-06
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Woman found dead after drinking homemade liquor

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE - A woman suspected of drinking homemade liquor died in her sleep in an Alaska village, State Troopers said. Ramona Rose Waskey, 57, of Mountain Village, was last seen alive at about 2 a.m. Monday, said Sgt. Aaron Mobley.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-05-16/woman-found-dead-after-drinking-homemad
State
SEARHC honors National Recovery Month in September

...and communities.Alcohol and substance abuse issues have had tragic effects on Alaska. According to the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics, between 2006-08, Alaska Natives had an alcohol-induced death rate about three times as high as whites...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-09-04/searhc-honors-national-recovery-month-s
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AG may suspend medical marijuana registration in Alaska

The state attorney general's office says it may suspend Alaska's medical marijuana registration list in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday allowing the federal government to override state laws allowing medical marijuana.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/060705/sta_20050607004.shtml
News
My turn: Working to prevent suicide in Juneau, across the state

Two weeks ago in Juneau, we were once again painfully reminded of the devastating pain felt by so many in a community, particularly the family, when the tragedy of suicide occurs. An incredibly gifted and talented young man of 15, admired and cared for by those who knew him, chose to take his life. We will never truly understand the full reason why one might chose to take their life. It appears in this young adolescent's life, it would have been nearly impossible to detect early suicide warning signs or prevent this particular tragedy, as symptoms of depression were not present and he clearly did not engage in the use of drugs or alcohol. That said, the vast majority of suicides are preventable and warning signs are typically present.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/090510/opi_704855689.shtml
Opinion
Survey determines attempted suicide rate among Alaska teenagers exceeds national average

FAIRBANKS - A survey that looked at teenage suicide attempts in Alaska found the rate in the state was significantly higher than the national average as determined by similar studies. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that for a one-year period stretching over 2009-2010, 8.5 percent of teenage students in Alaska tried to kill themselves, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday. However, few actually succeeded. The rate among Alaska participants compared to 6.3 percent in similar surveys nationwide.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2011-07-05/survey-determines-attempted-suicide-rat
State
Son and birth mother reunite after 16 years

David Summerly had nearly given up hope of finding his birth mother. But, on July 29, he made one last stab at searching the Internet and came up with her new name, Patricia John, and residence, Juneau.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/080701/Loc_adoption.shtml
Local
Alaska suicides rise with the sun

ANCHORAGE - More Alaskans take their own lives as days lengthen and temperatures rise, according to a new report based on 13 years of statistics.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/033004/sta_suicides.shtml
News
Alcohol-related deaths alarm tribal groups

A young teenager's body found frozen in an Anchorage baseball dugout after inebriation. An adult woman found overdosed on a kitchen floor in Juneau, her friend's body found on the porch. A missing snowmachiner found under the ice near a remote arctic village. A young Angoon man found on a trail in the woods. A Hoonah resident washed up on the shoreline. A Kake woman fallen from her boat.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/042110/loc_612879379.shtml
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