Alaska Law Enforcement and Healthcare Professionals Crack Down on Fentanyl | Overview of Alaska

A rapid increase in drug overdose deaths in Alaska is largely due to fentanyl, an extremely potent and often deadly opioid. What should Alaskans know about this alarming trend and the work being done to stop it?

Lori Townsend talks to U.S. Attorney John Kuhn and epidemiology specialist Jessica Filley about the dangers of fentanyl and the work being done to help Alaskans find addiction treatment.


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Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. Prior to moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG writer at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the US Air Force as a television/radio journalist where she had the opportunity to travel across Europe, Africa, the Baltics and Australia to report on events. , exercises and military missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, learning piano, yoga, and trying new foods.

Lori Townsend is News Director and Senior Host for Alaska Public Media. You can send him program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at [email protected] or call 907-350-2058.

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