Substance Abuse

Erin Cox

First mental health summit brings leaders from across US to Beehive State

For the first time, multiple organizations from across the country, who are leading the research for mental health, joined Utah leaders at a mental health summit. It’s the first event of its kind and will last until the end of Tuesday.
4 months ago
Officer Casey Burton saved a man from a drug overdose in Liberty Park with Naloxone. (KSL TV)...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

‘He was super thankful’: officer saves overdosing man at Liberty Park

Liberty Park is a busy place as the weather warms. Tuesday an alert Salt Lake City Police Officer came across a man who was struggling to stand. The officer was in the right place to save a man from a drug overdose.
8 months ago

Purdue Pharma, US states agree to new opioid settlement

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and U.S. states have agreed to a new settlement of opioid lawsuits.
11 months ago
Kids and parents teamed up to make huevos rancheros a salad, and a smoothie in Kearns Tuesday morni...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Cooking class creates family bonds and can help prevent underage drinking 

Huevos rancheros, orange and jicama salad, and a smoothie were on the menu at a cooking class Tuesday morning to combat underage drinking. 
12 months ago
NORWICH, CT - MARCH 23: Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain lie on disp...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Utah Set To Receive $309 Million From Nationwide Opioid Settlement 

Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Attorney General Sean D. Reyes announced that Utah may is set to receive $309 million dollars as a part of a nationwide $26 billion settlement with a number of pharmaceutical companies who contributed to the opioid epidemic. 
2 years ago
Alyssa Hendricks got hooked on opioids after a car accident when a doctor prescribed her pain pills...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Know Your Script: Parents Who Lost Daughter To Opioid Abuse Warn ‘It Can Be Anyone’

For many, prescription drug abuse started early. A Saratoga Springs family never dreamed this devastating problem would cost them so much.
2 years ago
Coming to understand what Casey Scott’s addiction was truly like for his children only came recen...
Aley Davis & Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

Addiction Through A Daughter’s Eyes: How Teen’s Letter Impacted Casey Scott

Addiction is a family disease. It doesn't just affect the individual struggling, but everyone who loves them. Former KSL-TV feature reporter Casey Scott took that message to heart after reading a paper written by his 16-year-old daughter, Preslee.
2 years ago
Surviving through a pandemic can exact a toll on our mental health. But experts say there are ways ...
Tania Dean, KSL TV

Crisis Teams Available For Children Struggling With Mental Health Issues

The coronavirus pandemic brought on new trials for many Utah families. More children are experiencing mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, and social isolation, but many parents don’t know where to turn for help.
2 years ago
Rehab - Addiction - Recovery and Wellness...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Utah Receives $23M In Federal Mental Health, Addiction Treatment Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said it is directing nearly $2.5 billion in block grants to states and territories for addressing mental illness and drug addiction.
2 years ago
Lisa Thompson lost her 28-year-old son to a drug overdose 3.5 years ago. (KSL-TV)...
Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

Utah Women Introduce Resolution To Recognize Int’l Overdose Awareness Day

Two Utah women are hoping to raise awareness for overdose and addiction in the state by recognizing August 31 as International Overdose Awareness Day.
2 years ago
The opioid epidemic has taken a terrible toll on American military veterans, as many try to manage ...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Salt Lake VA Develops New Approach To Curb Opioid Use Among Veterans

The opioid epidemic has taken a terrible toll on American military veterans. Many try to manage pain from battle wounds with the painkillers and get addicted. But doctors with the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Healthcare system have developed a different approach and are sharing it with others.
2 years ago
A number of families across Utah are facing grief at a time when being connected feels dangerous be...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Utah Steps Up Help For Families Facing Grief From Suicide, Drug Overdose & COVID

A number of families across Utah are facing grief at a time when being connected feels dangerous because of COVID-19, so the state is stepping up efforts to support families in the critical days after a traumatic loss.
2 years ago
Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Sanpete County Man Raising Awareness About Drug Addiction In Unique Way

Small towns often have a character all their own. But in Sterling, in Sanpete County, you'd probably never expect to find a rap artist.
2 years ago
Brandon Allan owns a nonprofit that offers recovering addicts a support group and other resources t...
Matt Rascon, KSL TV

COVID-19 Impacts Drug Abuse & How People With Addictions Get Help

A recent report shows drug overdoses are on the rise across the country, and the founder of a local nonprofit said the pandemic has impacted the way people with drug addictions can get help.
2 years ago
Felicia Martinez, KSL TV

Weber County Using Art Installations In Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Four Weber County communities are joining forces in the fight against the effects the coronavirus pandemic is having on an already serious problem: opioid addiction.
3 years ago
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Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Intermountain Healthcare Announces First Ever ‘Opioid-Free Surgery’ Program

Intermountain Healthcare became the first health system in Utah to establish an "opioid-free surgery" program for patients looking for alternative pain control methods.
3 years ago
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Davis County Pilot Program Offers Recovery Instead Of Jail Time

Next door to the Davis County Jail, a building that used to house the jail's work-release program is now ready to help people who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
3 years ago
The Use Only As Directed campaign said it only takes seven days for someone to become addicted to o...
Aley Davis, KSL TV

Speak Out, Opt Out, Throw Out: Utah Woman Wishes She Never Touched Prescription Opioids

It only takes seven days for someone to become addicted to opioids, which is why the Use Only As Directed campaign urges us to speak out about the risk of addiction, opt out by using alternatives and throw out unused medication.
3 years ago
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