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Playing the cannabis card: Doctors complain Utah’s law creates ‘paper mill’ that doesn’t help patients
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Playing the cannabis card: Doctors complain Utah’s law creates ‘paper mill’ that doesn’t help patients

The following story was written by Cathy McKitrick of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Park Record. During the first year of Utah’s medical cannabis program, several clinics sprouted to help patients get the required card that allows them to purchase products from the state’s seven dispensaries. But some worry that these...

Slippery Sales: Utah’s MLM companies push high volumes of “immunity boosting” essential oils during pandemic scare despite lack of scientific support
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Slippery Sales: Utah’s MLM companies push high volumes of “immunity boosting” essential oils during pandemic scare despite lack of scientific support

The following story was written by Eric S. Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with Utah Stories.   “Hi!  I just need some advice please!,” read a panicky post made to the Facebook page of “DT Essential Oils – Best Recipes & Remedies” on March 24. The woman wrote that her husband was...

Utah’s rehab deserts: Despite crises, drug treatment options decline in rural counties
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Utah’s rehab deserts: Despite crises, drug treatment options decline in rural counties

The following story was written and reported by Taylor Hartman for The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Spectrum. Addiction touches every corner of Utah, altering the lives of families in both rural areas and cities, prompting a need for recovery resources, treatment and hope. With alcohol and drug abuse —especially opioids — on...

Opioid makers spent nearly a million dollars on Utah doctors in recent years, ties now used against the companies in lawsuits
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Opioid makers spent nearly a million dollars on Utah doctors in recent years, ties now used against the companies in lawsuits

The following story was written by Luke Ramseth for The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune.   It starts out easily enough: An opioid sales representative tells a doctor about a product over lunch, then picks up the tab. For some doctors, this arrangement spirals into a habit. As reps...