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About Alysia Santo

Alysia Santo is a reporter at The Albany Times Union. She is attending Health Journalism 2013 on an AHCJ-New York Health Journalism Fellowship, which is supported by the New York State Health Foundation.

Getting past conventional wisdom in the prescription drug epidemic #ahcj13

Drug-induced fatalities are one of the only preventable causes of death that’s rising, rather than decreasing.

That’s because deaths from prescription narcotics have exploded, and as the panelists at a Health Journalism 2013 panel explained, there are ways to get past the talking points of this “epidemic” and decipher some of the causes for the public.

Lisa Girion, an investigative reporter with the Los Angeles Times, went document diving to get to the root of the problem in a multi-part series she reported with Scott Glover called “Dying for Relief.” Continue reading