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Oct 20, 2017

Utah is in crisis. The state's Opioid Addiction problem is shocking, even at the national level.

Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses in the U.S. has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin).

Since the 2003–2004 National Survey on Drug and Health, Utah has ranked among the highest for nonmedical use of pain relievers for those age 12 and older.

There are an estimated 134,172 Utahns living with a substance use disorder. It is estimated that only ten percent are receiving treatment. 

From 2000 to 2014, Utah has experienced a nearly 400% increase in deaths from the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.

Guests Dr. Jay Bishoff, Angela Stander and Kelly Howard join Healthy Mind Matters host, Maria Shilaos, to try to make sense of the data.


  • Dr. Jay Bishoff - Urologist at Intermountain Urological Institute
  • Angela Stander - Opioid Prevention Coordinator with the Utah Department of Health
  • Kelly Howard - Intermountain employee who helps people battling addictions. Kelly lost both her husband and son to addiction.