Let’s Talk Alaska: Fentanyl and Overdose Deaths

Fentanyl tablets. (Photo courtesy of the North Bay Police Department.)

High rates of substance abuse and addiction have long plagued Alaska, but in recent years fentanyl has dramatically increased the number of overdose deaths. New forms of illicit drugs are sounding the alarm for prevention advocates. The combination of candy-like pills and the deadly risk of even small amounts of fentanyl means everyone should know what to look out for to keep themselves and their children safe. We will discuss how fentanyl gets to Alaska and what is being done to stop it.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Michael Troster, Director, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Zones
  • Sandy Snodgrass, Community Advocate
  • Karen Malcolm, community activist
  • James Klugman, Assistant U.S. Attorney and HIDTA and Opioids Coordinator


Call 907-550-8422 (Anchor) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live stream.

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Live broadcast: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 10 a.m. on Alaska Public Radio stations statewide.

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