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Alaska Laws and Programs

  • By: Eric L. Sevigny
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Alaska is a state where conservative attitudes concerning drug and alcohol abuse have been tempered by strong libertarian views on the right to privacy against government intrusion. The State of Alaska regulates the manufacture, distribution, and use of stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens with the potential for abuse or dependence. These substances are statutorily classified into six schedules based on abuse liability, toxicity, precursor status, medical utility, and linkages to crime. Schedule I, the most restrictive, is reserved for drugs (e.g., heroin, GHB) deemed the greatest risk to public safety. Schedule VI, the least restrictive, is reserved solely for marijuana, which is judged to pose the least risk to public safety.

The Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement (ABADE) leads the state's antidrug efforts, coordinating ...

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