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A Moving Target: Postal Inspectors Root Out Liquor By Mail

April 27th, 2015

US Postal Inspectors work to keep alcohol from reaching local option communities in the mail. Image from USPIS. Citizens in Bethel are weighing a decision on a proposal for the for the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. A […]

The Blind Spot: Beyond No-Man’s Land

April 24th, 2015

At the low end, prevention measures costs the State of Alaska $9 per point of contact. Intensive substance abuse treatment costs $49,502 per person on average. Chart courtesy of the Division of Behavioral Health, DHSS. In spite of the alarmingly high rates of substance abuse among teens in Anchorage, many officials say there are reasons […]

A Moving Target: Stopping Booze at the River

April 24th, 2015

Citizens in Bethel are weighing a decision on a proposal for the for the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.   The region’s three Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Taskforce investigators can’t be everywhere at once. Some villages are trying to […]

The Blind Spot: Juvenile Justice And Substance Abuse In Young Alaskans

April 24th, 2015

  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.   […]

For some, Anchorage Wellness Court offers a road to redemption

April 23rd, 2015

More than a decade ago, a DUI charge left Doreen Schenkenberger with two options. She could face months in jail — and be separated from her kids, 6 and 8 at the time — or she could enter the Anchorage Wellness Court.   “I was ready, I was ready to do something to change my […]

A Moving Target: WAANT Pursues Bootleg Liquor

April 23rd, 2015

Citizens in Bethel are weighing a decision on a proposal for the for the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. In the first of a three-part series on efforts to curb the flow of alcohol KYUK’s Ben Matheson reports […]

The Blind Spot: Quitting Meth Alone, Together

April 23rd, 2015

This week we’re exploring the Blind Spot, a look at teens who are abusing substances, but aren’t being caught by the system set up to help them. In this story, KSKA’s Anne Hillman spoke with a couple relying on each other to end their methamphetamine addiction.   Two young women sit in an empty classroom, their hands entwined. A […]

The Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit Center

April 22nd, 2015

(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – 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.   The POWER […]

The Blind Spot: A System of Order Over Chaos

April 21st, 2015

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 inpatient programs like the Adolescent Residential Center for Help in Eagle River, part of the Volunteers of America in Alaska, which Anne Hillman toured with one […]

The Blind Spot: Spaces Between Statistics

April 20th, 2015

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.   As a share of the whole, substance abuse cases in Anchorage […]