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The Hidden Plague: Utah's opioid epidemic

The illicit drug trade is undergoing a seismic shift, with Utah in the middle of the deadly trade of the opioid fentanyl

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How Carbon County is 'building a fence' to protect the community from opioids

Carbon County has the highest rate of prescription overdose deaths in Utah and one of the highest rates of retail opioid prescriptions dispensed per 100 people nationwide. Both are distressing distinctions, and their impacts are deeply personal.

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Lessons from Seattle: How this alternative to jail may be a solution for Utah

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion is a pre-booking diversion program developed to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes in Seattle.

See how this former BYU running back defeated his decades-long battle with opioids

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'My kids were on their own': How a Utah mother battled addiction while raising her children

Jenna Uitdenhowen spent more than 20 years addicted to opioids. She's now the medical coordinator at The Odyssey House, one of Utah's leading addiction recovery programs.

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How a school superintendent and LDS bishop overcame opioid addiction

Mike Bennett was at the top of his career: the superintendent of Iron County public schools and a bishop in the LDS Church. But then he got addicted to opioids.

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How this Mormon couple met and conquered opioid addiction

For years, Ashly and Jesse searched fruitlessly for freedom from opioid addiction. First they found God. Then they found each other.

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Unintended consequences: Investigation reveals why drug court enrollment is declining

An investigation by the Deseret News has revealed that in recent years, the number of people enrolled in drug courts in some states, including Utah, has been declining. In 2017, nearly 200 fewer people were enrolled in Utah drug courts than in 2015.

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'We are killing innocent people': Stunned doctor warns of opioid danger, even when taken as prescribed

After a healthy 21-year-old Vernal man died unexpectedly following a tonsillectomy, his family — and the very doctor who prescribed him his pain medication — are warning of the dangers of opioids even for those who take them as instructed.

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The untold story of how Utah doctors and Big Pharma helped drive the national opioid epidemic

Utah became a mecca for doctors interested in using opioids to treat chronic pain. Their well-intentioned ideas may have contributed to a national crisis.

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The Park City story: One boy died, then another — and the opioid epidemic came into full view

In September 2016, two 13-year-old friends in Park City died after overdosing on "pink," a synthetic opioid from China. Their deaths revealed how the opioid crisis afflicts even affluent communities.

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From Mormon kid to alleged drug kingpin: Inside the rise and fall of Aaron Shamo

Special report: The illicit drug trade is undergoing a seismic shift, with Utah in the middle of the deadly trade of the opioid fentanyl. This is the first in an ongoing series about this modern-day plague.