More than 75 people attended a community forum on OxyContin on Wednesday A single 80-milligram pill is estimated to have a street value.
Police officer Jason Van Sickle said a drug dog would help the Juneau Police Department combat narcotics issues. He said the Alaska State Troopers have K-9 units in Alaska, but none are stationed in Southeast Alaska.
"I think some of our cases in Juneau are damaged because we don't have a drug dog," he said.
The epidemic will continue until the community steps up to the plate and tackles the problem head on, he said. There are legitimate uses for the drug, which means it's not going anywhere anytime soon, Felix said.
Felix said the majority of the OxyContin distributed in Juneau, roughly 80 percent, is brought into the community illegally from outside sources.
Ketchikan and Sitka have a drug testing policies in place, which Juneau could model its own policy after.
"It's really a community problem and it's not going away until the community deals with it," he said.
More than 75 people attended a community forum on OxyContin on Wednesday night at Thunder Mountain High School to discuss ways to combat the "epidemic" in Juneau created by the highly addictive narcotic.
"It really is happening," she said.
"It's not just a school problem, it's a community problem," Felix said.
"Mostly these are street drugs," he said, acknowledging there is also "some over-prescribing.".
Lobbying the Food and Drug Administration to impose greater restrictions on OxyContin.
Drug dogs are not always successful at finding narcotics, but having one in Juneau would help police officers get drugs off the streets, Van Sickle said.
That year they fielded about a dozen calls, which doubled the following year and doubled again last year, he said.
The fake OxyContin tablets, with a street value of possibly $350,000, were The greenish-marbled tablets look like Oxycontin pills, with "80".
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Coming off fake oxy 80 (fentanyl) Opiate addiction. I have access to anything off the streets easily so came across a source selling CDN 80(green. Trust me its going to spread very fast due to half the price of real OC.