Resources available for victims of Eagle River nurse practitioner in opioid bust
Help is available for people and their families who were illegally prescribed opioids by former Eagle River nurse practitioner Jessica Spayd.
The U.S. Attorney for Alaska's office said Monday that a federal judge has issued an order for an alternative victim notification method so anyone who believes they could be a victim of Spayd's alleged crimes can be informed of their potential rights.
The U.S. Attorney's office said the government is asking people who think they may be a victim of overprescribed opioids to contact the victim-witness unit at 907-271-3041.
Spayd was arrested in October for allegedly distributing oxycodone, methadone and hydromorphone. The judge's order comes after a motion from federal prosecutors stated Spayd possibly has hundreds of other victims.
The motion said the large volume of possible victims made it impracticable for the U.S. Attorney's Office to comply with traditional victim notification rules.
Updates on Spayd's case are posted online and the following resources are available to victims:
- United Way 211: The organization provides information and connects people to community, health and social services provided by nonprofit, government and tribal agencies. United Way can be contacted by calling 211 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: A national helpline can be contacted to find behavioral health support or substance use management. SAMHSA can be reached 24/7 at 800-662-4357, TTY: 800-487-4889, or online.
- Careline: Help is available 24/7 through Alaska's crisis hotline which provides help for people who are in crisis, dealing with isolation or depression. Call 1-877-266-4357.
- State health department: The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has patient information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding discontinued prescriptions.
- Additionally, the U.S. Attorney's Office says to always call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
Spayd faces three counts of distribution and dispensing of a controlled substance resulting in death and four counts of distribution and dispensing of a controlled substance. She is in prison pending her trial.
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