Drug enforcement agent speaks on opioid abuse

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - On the same day President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national health emergency, Rotarians in Fairbanks learned about the impacts opioids are having on Alaskans.
At this week's Rotary Club of Fairbanks luncheon, Captain Michael Duxbury of the State Drug Enforcement Unit talked about the increase in opioid use in Alaska.
Duxbury was the keynote speaker at Thursday's luncheon.
He discussed how one of the main causes for the increase in opioid use was a change in pain management in the 90's, when doctors increased prescriptions of opioids - such as Percocet, OxyContin, and Morphine.
The highly addictive drugs led to cheaper versions found on the streets, and leftover prescription drugs made their way into the hands of children and teens.
After the speech, Duxbury trained volunteers on how to identify and help a person experiencing an opioid overdose.
He discussed how people can pass on information to help curb any opioid epidemic in their area.
Capt. Michael Duxbury; Alaska Bureau of Investigation, SDEU>>: "Facebook, and virtual crime stoppers, virtual neighborhoods are great ways for you to pass on information. You'll need to present information multiple times to police departments and these crimestop things, because we will have to build a case, and there are not as many of us, as all of those who get to see the stuff, sometimes. I think that is the most important. I would recap it again with restating building relationships with people."