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DEBUNKED Episode 6: Myth, 'Native Americans Have A Predisposition To Addiction'

In episode six, we are debunking the myth “Native Americans have a predisposition to addiction.”

Our host, Tim Light, welcomes guests Carlos Rivera, a Behavioral Health Officer at American Indian Health & Services and the CEO at Generation Red Road, Inc.; Ashanti Moritz, of the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes' Warrior Spirit Recovery Center; Dr. Erin Fadden Manning, of the University of New Mexico Health Science Center; and Michelle Chapoose, the Tribal Rural Opioid Initiative Tribal Liaison Coordinator from the Tribal Opioid Resource Center in Roosevelt, Utah, to discuss the myth of genetic predisposition and challenge the stereotypes that have been associated with Native Americans for generations.

Nicholas Porath is a Logan native and music lover. Having graduated from USU with a degree in broadcast journalism, it was while studying journalism that he found his niche and newfound love for radio. He first started out as an intern behind the scenes and eventually made his way to the production and control rooms where he worked as a fill-in host, as well as producer for numerous UPR programs including Cropping Up, Access Utah, Behind the Headlines and more. In 2023 he took on a new hurdle as UPR’s new Radio Broadcast Engineer. He still works as a programming producer and is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.