WHEREAS, fentanyl is a high-addictive synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, and it is made legally and used pharmaceutically, but has also become a prevalent substance in counterfeit pills and is frequently added to other substances such as heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine; and
WHEREAS, Alaska is experiencing a sharp and tragic surge in drug overdose deaths, partly because even a minimal amount of fentanyl, the amount that can fit on the tip of a pencil, can cause an overdose. One pill can kill; and
WHEREAS, the fentanyl epidemic in the United States is a serious public safety threat with illicit fentanyl poisoning rates currently at the highest level in history; and
WHEREAS, it is becoming more common for individuals to unknowingly use fentanyl which has led to the Drug Enforcement Agency issuing a public safety alert seeking to raise the awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit pills; and
WHEREAS, we can help save lives by making Alaskans aware of the dangers of fentanyl, by working with law enforcement to prevent drugs from coming into Alaska, and by reducing stigma surrounding drug use so that people can find resources to prevent overdose deaths, connect to treatment, and be healed.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim August 21, 2023 as:
Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to take a proactive role in educating themselves on the dangers of fentanyl because overdose deaths are preventable if we take action together. Please report any suspected illegal drug trafficking or other crime tips to the Alaska State Troopers by texting the keyword AKTIPS, followed by your crime tip to 847411.
Dated: August 21, 2023