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By Ben Muir 

Panel examines opioid crisis in small towns


December 21, 2017

Ben Muir / Petersburg Pilot

A town hall meeting organized by Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins was held in Petersburg last Thursday concerning the opioid drug crises. From left: Susan Ohmer, Kelly Swihart, Andy Jones, Dr. Jay Butler and Kreiss-Tomkins.

A town hall on opioids was held in Petersburg last week, and state representatives continued a tour through Alaska communities in search of ideas and questions on the recently-declared drug disaster.

"We're not here with an action plan. So often we do this, at the government level," started Andy Jones, director of the Office of Misuse and Addiction Prevention in Alaska, addressing about 50 people at the Sons of Norway Hall. "We create something and we come to you guys and say, 'here ya go, what do you think?'"

A traveling panel -- made up of Dr. Jay Butler, the chief medical officer with...

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