State ends Wellpath contract to run psychiatric institute, could open up contract for bids

The company will continue to work at the facility through December. The state also has hired a contractor to study whether it makes sense to privatize API.

Statewide Opioid Action Plan | Alaska Insight

Substance use disorders are diseases caused by many factors. Preventing and treating them requires input from everyone in the community including law enforcement and...

The complicated road to taking those last 12 steps

This is one woman's personal solution for problems it took her years to identify -- alcohol and substance misuse disorders. After a long journey and 12 steps, she began to heal -- and thrive.

State sues second opioid manufacturer

State attorneys announced Monday a lawsuit against Mallinckrodt, manufacturer of several opioid medications. The lawsuit alleges Mallinckrodt played down the risks of its products while exaggerating the benefits and using deception in marketing the drugs to doctors and other prescribers.

Taking action to reduce substance misuse

Substance use disorders are diseases caused by many factors. Preventing and treating them requires input from everyone, not just law enforcement and health professionals. Those are some of the key messages in the state’s new opioid action plan. On Talk of Alaska we’ll discuss the plan and the ways you can be part of the solutions.

Public health data shows 13 percent rise in Alaska suicides

New report comes beside a study documenting the presence of drugs and alcohol in incidents of self-harm.

Envisioning recovery and rebuilding a life in Noatak

Karen Mitchell is the Behavioral Health Aide in Noatak, a small village in the Northwest Arctic. Twenty-five years ago, as she stared out the window of her home there, such a future seemed impossible.

Medicaid decision allows more beds for substance abuse treatment

Medicaid has an old rule that says it won't pay for substance abuse treatment if a facility has more than 16 beds. Alaska can now ignore that restriction.

State asks for new housing units to help Alaskans in recovery

$2 million in federal funds could spread up to 10 new recovery residences around the state to assist Alaskans re-entering community.
Second Chances: stories of hope, addiction and recovery

Second Chances: Stories of hope, addiction and recovery in Alaska

As part of National Recovery Month in September, Recover Alaska held a storytelling event where people in recovery shared their stories of overcoming addiction.  Thanks for listening!

Alaska tribes, health organizations join opioid suit

Alaska Natives are fatally overdosing from opioids at a higher rate than other groups. Now Alaska Native tribes and health organizations are joining a sprawling federal lawsuit against the prescription drug industry. Listen now

Prevention: A fireside chat with the U.S. Surgeon General

A conversation on the role of primary prevention for improving the health of our communities: local, state, and national perspectives. Thanks for listening!

U.S. Surgeon General: Use partnerships, end stigmas to stop opioid epidemic

The Surgeon General spoke about his approach to ending the opioid epidemic and its root causes.

Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy

We’ll be talking with pediatrician, author and lecturer Doctor Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation’s leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use. Find out what we’re learning to improve the health of mothers and their children on Line One: Your Health Connection Thanks for listening!