Alaska's chief medical officer supports president's call for stronger fentanyl penalties


February 22, 2023

President Joe Biden’s calls in his State of the Union speech for strong criminal penalties in response to soaring deaths linked to the potent opioid fentanyl are being rebuked by harm-reduction advocates who say that approach could make the problem worse.

The proposal has support among some health officials, however, including Alaska’s chief medical officer. Dr. Anne Zink, who also serves as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said in a statement that she welcomes his efforts to prevent overdoses, make access to treatment equitable and disrupt fentany...

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