LISTEN: The other epidemic

Prescribing of oxycodone and other opioid pain pills rose sharply after 2000. (Photo by John Moore, Getty Images)

Focus on the COVID-19 pandemic has consumed the attention of many of us over the past year while the opioid epidemic has continued to claim lives. Overdose deaths are on the rise, and the need for resources in Alaska is pressing. How have recovery programs around the state adjusted their services to meet the demand amid the pandemic?

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Christina Love, Recovery Advocate
  • Elana Habib, Opioid Misuse and Addiction Specialist, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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