The release of the Alaska Department of Health’s drug overdose statistics today makes clear that Mayor Dave Bronson’s refusal to use the Golden Lion for its intended purpose, as a treatment facility, has moved beyond unethical cronyism and into the territory of criminal negligence.
With Alaska’s overdose deaths increasing from 146 in 2020 to 253 in 2021, and Anchorage’s from 90 to 142, it is abundantly clear that the 60 treatment beds the Salvation Army plans to provide are not enough. When the mayor claims that this is enough, he is once again lying to you as he panders to his campaign donors in the nearby neighborhood who are unwilling to do their part to “Save Anchorage” or save lives.
— Yarrow Silvers
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