Alcohol is the number one substance abused in Alaska. Alcohol is responsible for a large percentage of accidental deaths in the state, and continues to be an ongoing cause of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Since alcohol is largely problematic throughout The Last Frontier, 109 communities throughout the state have recently voted in favor of prohibiting the sale and possession of this addictive substance.
In addition to alcohol, Alaska residents tend to abuse heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Heroin and opioid abuse rates continue to rise statewide, which has local communities throughout the state raising awareness to lower the risk for opioid overdose deaths. Compared to the rest of the U.S., Alaska suffers relatively high alcohol and illicit drug addiction rates.
Alaska drug treatment centers are located all throughout the state to help residents and their loved ones overcome alcohol and drug abuse.