Millett Thanks Gov. Walker for Disaster Declaration on Opioid Epidemic
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Juneau, Alaska - Representative Charisse Millett expressed her gratitude to Governor Bill Walker and the Department of Health and Social Services for opening the door to additional assistance by declaring Alaska’s opioid epidemic a state disaster.
“Opioid addiction and overdose are ravaging our state and risking the future of our next generation. I’m proud of Governor Walker for recognizing, like many of us, that silence will not end this cycle of drug abuse, and treatment, prevention, and emergency response capabilities are needed in our state,” said Representative Millett. “My colleagues and I in the Legislature are poised and ready to work with the Overdose Response Program created by this declaration and to help enact the kind of policies that will help end this crisis.”
Representative Millett is the sponsor of a bill this year, House Bill 24, to outlaw the use and sale of U-47700, an incredibly dangerous synthetic form of heroin. This bill is part of an important package of recommendations from the Alaska Opioid Policy Taskforce whose goal is to address the rising incidence of heroin and opioid abuse in Alaska.