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New Ways to Fight Opioid Addiction Closer to Law

HB24 Passes Senate Floor and Moves Back to House

Monday, April 03, 2017, Juneau, Alaska – Providing law enforcement with new means to end the dealing and abuse of two drugs in Alaska will help fight the state’s opioid addiction.

“Solving this opioid epidemic is going to take all of us working together to provide law enforcement and public health officials with the tools they need,” said Representative Millett (R-Anchorage). “House Bill 24 gives our police officers and prosecutors the ability to put more dealers behind bars and get dangerous drugs off of our streets.”

HB24 helps the state fight opioid addiction in relation to two drugs, U-47700 and Tramadol. Tramadol is a pain medication which has seen an increase in abuse across Alaska. Legal prescriptions of the drug could continue but any possession or dealing would become unlawful under HB24.  

“Pink,” or U-47700, is a strain of synthetic heroin that is 700 times more potent than heroin. At 3 least people have died in connection with overdoses related to “pink.” On the federal level, there have been steps to criminalize the drug but here in Alaska it is still legal to possess or purchase online.

HB24 would add both drugs to the list of controlled substances.

“I’m glad to see my fellow legislators stand with me in stopping this awful opioid epidemic,” said Rep. Millett.  

House Bill 24 passed the Senate with a 20 to 0 vote. It will return to the House for final consideration.

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For more information contact Rep. Charisse Millett’s office at 907-465-3879 or Rep.Charisse.Millett@akleg.gov

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