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PA State Officials Switching Approach to Combat Drug Overdose Deaths

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Kimberly Paynter
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WHYY
Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug commonly known by its brand name, Narcan.

Pennsylvania saw drug overdose deaths rise in 2020. WHYY Keystone Crossroads’ Laura Benshoff reports state officials are changing their approach to combating these deaths.

(Original air-date: 10/21/21)

Laura Benshoff covers stories of statewide interest for Keystone Crossroads and WHYY, with a focus on immigration. She previously reported on the suburbs, public education, and mental health. Her work has aired nationally on NPR, Marketplace and Reveal/CIR. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department. Laura attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She diligently works at speaking Spanish and knows a little French.