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DEBUNKED: season 2 finale, highlights from our second season

A collage of guests from Debunked season 2.
Jennifer Peatross

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

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.