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The Alaska Mental Health Board and the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will hold a telephonic meeting
January 17, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The meeting is open to the public, though no public participation or comment will be taken. An audio recording of the telephonic meeting will be made. The purpose of the meetings is for board members to hold a discussion in preparation for a work session with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board of trustees and staff scheduled for January 24, 2017. AGENDA
If you need additional information please contact Clarena Hieber, Administrative Assistant, at 907-465-8920.

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health is a comprehensive review of the science of substance use, misuse, and disorders. This report, the first ever issued by the Surgeon General which speaks to the importance of the issues related to substance abuse. Previous reports of the Surgeon General, including those on tobacco (1964), AIDS (1987), and mental health (1999), have helped to create understanding and urgency to address critical public health challenges.


Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force
In response to Alaska’s heroin epidemic and communities’ call for action heard across the state, the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services are convening the Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force (AOPTF). This task force of Alaskan experts will work collaboratively with stakeholders and coalitions statewide.

On or before November 30, 2016, the Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force will recommend strategies and policies to the Governor and Legislature to address the rising incidence of heroin use, prescription opioid abuse, and deaths due to opioid overdose. Visit the AOPTF Website​ to learn more.

Press release, 4/20/16

Alaskan Identify Alcohol As Top Health Issue

A survey of Alaskans for the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Initiative identified alcohol use andabuse and other substance abuse as two of the top ten health issues facing our state. This is an example of how the people of Alaska can have a voice in policymaking.

Healthy Alaskans 2020 is part of a national initiative that supports health promotion and prevention. Learn more about Healthy Alaskans 2020.​


Teen Alcohol, Drug Use Declined
Marijuana Use Steady

Nationally, high school students used alcohol and babused prescription medication less in 2014 than in 2013 but marijuana use rates stayed the same. Read about the Monitoring the Future Survey and see Alaska's Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data.

Abada Facebook page link.Share how you are promoting personal and community mental wellness on our facebook page!

Find out about SAMHSA grants for substance abuse prevention and intervention HERE.

ABADA/AMHB Newsletter articles.
Get information about programs and support for recovery.