Forum on substance abuse set for Sept. 14

Fentanyl pills. Photo courtesy of the Department of Justice

Updated Sept. 7.

A panel discussion on the impact of drugs and alcohol on Cordova is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Cordova Center.

Panelists will include Native Village of Eyak representative Mark Hoover, Ilanka Community Health Center physician Dr. Brian Iutzi, Sound Alternatives behavioral health program manager Barb Jewell, Ilanka Community Health Center behavioral health coordinator Susie Powell, Cordova Community Medical Center Medical Director Dr. Hannah Sanders and Police Chief Nate Taylor. Discussion will be moderated by City Manager Helen Howarth. After panelists make introductory remarks, the floor will be opened to audience feedback and questions.

Children under 16 are not recommended to attend, organizers said. Programmed childcare, including arts and crafts, will be provided.

The forum, which was originally scheduled for July 20, was postponed due to a novel coronavirus outbreak. Virus infection rates have fallen since July, with only three new cases reported locally during the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, according to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services data.

Sarah Kathrein, who was listed as a panelist when the event was announced in July, is not listed as a participant in the Sept. 14 event.