The Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome has its own Behavioral Health Services Unit to help clients with various addiction issues, including addictions to opioids or prescription drugs.
Recently, KNOM’s Davis Hovey and Doctor Theobald discussed the opioid epidemic, the “Chasing the Dragon” documentary about the life of an opiate addict, and potential help or resources for those struggling with addiction.
“Tribal healing has to coexist with modern medicine,” Eva Menadelook, a tribal healer, stated. Norton Sound Health Corporation’s regional hospital in Nome has two Tribal Healers and one trainee to provide an alternative medical service to modern practices, such as prescribing opioids.
Longtime Nome physician Dr. Karen O’Neil is no longer seeing patients at the Norton Sound Hospital. The reason for Dr. O’Neil’s departure is still unclear at this time.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the convention, which will take place in Fairbanks between October 20-22, 2016.
The halfway house is now bigger, cleaner, and safer, according to Director Bob Weston. Seaside staff and residents moved into the new building in February.
Tuesday night, Nome Police asked the public for assistance in identifying persons at the city morgue. But Mayor Richard Beneville said there is no uncertainty.
The goal is a new, two-story building across the street from the Norton Sound Regional Hospital. NSHC hopes to have plans totally finalized in the next year and a half.
Presenters link mental health and wellness in the Arctic to broader goals like economic development and the future of the circumpolar north.
Nome could soon be home to an intensive treatment facility for those struggling with addiction and substance abuse.