Line One: The rise in fentanyl overdoses in Alaska

Robert Bruce Snodgrass died in October 2022 from a fentanyl overdose. His mother, Sandy Snodgrass, believes Robert did not know he was taking fentanyl. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Snodgrass)

Overdose deaths from fentanyl are on the rise in Alaska, and its important to remember that the statistics account for more than just one person. They also reflect the friends and families that continue to bear the burden of addiction long after someone passes. Host Prentiss Pemberton speaks to a mother who hopes to turn her family’s loss into hope for others struggling with addiction.


HOST: Prentiss Pemberton


  • Sandy Snodgrass, addiction advocate
  • Michael Troster, The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program


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LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at 10 a.m. AKDT
REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at 8 p.m. AKDT


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