Over the course of this season, we debunked myths surrounding harm reduction, substance use disorders and homelessness within our tribal and rural communities. This recap illustrates the negative impact that stereotypes can spread through communities, and the heartfelt narratives of those who work every day to heal those wounds. We worked hard to prove that harm reduction builds healthier communities, is more effective in reducing overdose deaths and infectious disease and promotes a better understanding of opioid use disorder.
Special thanks to our host Don Lyons, Leech Lake Band of Ojibway/Mohawk of the Six Nations, as well as the rest of the Debunked team for making this an incredible season.
Thank you to the following guests whose personal experiences and professional expertise have provided eye-opening discussion:
Dr. Sandra Sulzer, Previous Director of the Office of Health Equity and Community Engagement at Utah State University
Kristina Groves, Therapist, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
Maria Trevizo, Health and Wellness Consultant, Tribal Tech, LLC
Josh Schuyler, Coordinator, SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center
Heidi Fuger, Certified Peer Support Specialist, USARA - Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness
Peggy Green, Executive Director, Iron County Care and Share
Lanette Denton, Recovery Coach, USARA - Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness
Heather Hogue, Continuum of Care Project Coordinator, United Way of Utah County
Mary Jo McMillen, Executive Director, USARA - Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness
Ashanti Moritz, Outreach Director for Skull Valley Band of Goshutes, Warrior Spirit Recovery Center
Jay and Lauran Hymas, owners, Clear Recovery of Cache Valley