Anchorage, Juneau and other areas have been identified as areas of greatest need for federal funds to battle heroin addiction and overdoses.

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KODIAK, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is set to receive nearly $3 million in federal funding each year to fight opioid addiction and overdoses in the state.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that the grants are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The department says the funds will go toward drug monitoring and analysis, increasing medication-assisted treatment programs as well as training for the distribution of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone.

State Health Department spokeswoman Dawnell Smith says the city of Anchorage along with Mat-Su, Kenai Peninsula, Fairbanks North Star and Juneau boroughs have been identified as areas of greatest need.

The Seattle area is battling a heroin epidemic. Earlier this year, the city and King County launched a task force to tackle the problem after heroin-overdose deaths spiked nearly 60 percent.