Mayor Eberhart is pleased to announce that the City of Fairbanks, through its Police Department, Turning Point Counseling Services, Access Alaska, and the Interior Aids Association, have established the Golden Heart Access to Treatment Initiative.
“We have a big prescription opioid and heroin problem in our city and state,” Police Chief Aragon stated. In Alaska, heroin deaths continue to increase. Sadly, we are above the national average for overdose deaths. Mayor Eberhart spoke about the number of citizens struggling with drugs. He stated, “We need to change the way we view addiction and, where appropriate, move from it being a criminal justice issue to a public health issue. People should be getting the help they need with treatment.” The City of Fairbanks wants to take a stand against this epidemic by saying to people suffering from addiction, “Come in out of the cold and warm yourself by our Golden Heart”. This means if you or someone you care about has a problem with addiction, come to the Police Department or call us for help. We are starting the initiative to help anyone who wants help.
Mayor Eberhart, Chief Aragon and Gunnar Ebbesson, a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Master Addiction Counselor, want to be part of the solution. FPD Officer Doug Welborn has received special training and will be the person individuals should contact to begin to get the right treatment and information they need.
If you would like help with an addiction problem, come by the Fairbanks Police Department or call during the daytime and speak to Officer Doug Welborn at 450-6592. Chief Aragon stated “We’re here to help. All you have to do is ask for it.”
The City of Fairbanks, through its Police Department, Turning Point Counseling Services, the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Interior Aids Association and others are beginning a Fairbanks Treatment Initiative Coalition. The coalition is looking for members with a strong desire to help guide or offer insight as to what would be beneficial to people struggling with addictions. If you have an interest in serving on the coalition please call Terri Tibbet at 465-8920.
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