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In Anchorage, the number of criminal offenses by minors referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice has dropped by nearly half in the past decade for almost every offense type – except severe drug and alcohol offenses. That number has stayed fairly steady. In fact, as a share of the whole, substance abuse cases in Anchorage are up, although as a share of the total they are proportionately small. But the numbers only tell part of the story. Read more

By: Zachariah Hughes & Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage


This week Alaska Public Media is exploring the Blind Spot – how youth who are part of and outside of the juvenile justice system are getting help for substance abuse. One option is residential treatment, like the kind offered through the ARCH program in Eagle River, which Anne Hillman toured with one young resident. Read more

By: Anne Hillman & Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage
 


If you’re a teenager in Anchorage struggling with homelessness, hunger, or addiction there are few places to turn. One of the few organizations in Anchorage helping at-risk teens on their own terms is hidden in plain sight in one of the city’s busiest buildings. Read more
 
 
By: Anne Hillman & Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage


This week we’re exploring the Blind Spot, it’s a focus on the teens who are abusing substances but aren’t being caught by the system that’s set up to help them. In this story, KSKA’s Anne Hillman spoke with two young women who are relying on each other rather than an organization to end their methamphetamine addiction. Read more
 
By: Anne Hillman & Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage


In spite of the alarmingly high rates of substance abuse among teens in Anchorage, many officials say there reasons for optimism. All this week, as part of our series “The Blind Spot,” we’ve been exploring holes in the safety net for teens struggling with drugs and alcohol. Now, we look towards solutions. Read more
 
By: Anne Hillman & Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage


 

Juvenile crime in Anchorage is down, but crimes involving drugs and alcohol is not. Many who work in the juvenile justice system say we’re not catching young people who are getting into trouble soon enough. A new series examines what services are available, how youth are getting help and how they’re helping themselves. Read more
 
By: Anne Hillman & Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage