Kristen Munson

Diagnosed: The Cost Of High Drug Prices

Sep 27, 2018




“Any chance I get, on the airlines, to give up my seat to get a gift card with cash value on it, I give it up—for this,” said Doug Adams, a North Logan father of a college freshman with type I diabetes. “I have looked at prices around the world and it's a fraction of what we pay. A fraction. I travel to Europe and to India quite frequently and every time I go, I look. And I try to find what is the latest. And it's amazing the cost difference. It really is.”

Crossing Borders: An Uncertain Path to Parenthood

May 15, 2018
Kristen Munson



Lindsey Boone used to joke that she wanted to have a baseball team when she got married. She always thought she would become a mom and have a big family. But for Boone and her husband, having a baby proved nearly impossible. And even though infertility affects about 15 percent of American couples, it is often something kept private, a monthly heartbreak suffered in silence.

Fit to Recover


“People who have an addiction will tell you, you have to find other things that give your life meaning and value,” said Doug Thomas, director of Utah's Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health in the Department of Human Services. “Some people find it in family, some people find it in exercise, the outdoors. A lot of people in recovery are some of the most amazing people because they are giving back to help other people get into recovery, donating their time and resources and energy to help people who are in a similar place to where they were before.” 

A State of Addiction: Breaking The Pain Cycle

Nov 14, 2017

Pain is complex. It's hard to quantify. Pain can be acute or long-lasting. And it changes over time. That can make pain difficult to treat. Opioids play an important role in medicine. They can provide relief to cancer patients whose pain can be excruciating. Opioids can deliver a reprieve for chronic pain patients whose daily lives are often consumed by pain. But this is where their role gets a little murky. 

A State of Addiction: A New Model

Nov 7, 2017



Woodi Reed has been in chronic back pain for the last seven years. In her search for some relief, she has participated in pain clinics to treat her spinal stenosis at the Veterans Administration in Salt Lake City. There she has undergone hypnosis, nerve ablations and been prescribed opioids to help manage her pain. Despite the treatments, the pain has persisted.

A State of Addiction: Utah's Tiniest Victims

Oct 31, 2017




Every 25 seconds, a baby is born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the United States.

NAS is a constellation of symptoms that the majority of infants exposed to opioids in utero develop in their first days of life outside the womb while going through withdrawal. They may vomit, sweat, shake, develop fevers and diarrhea. Many of these newborns are hyper-stimulated and have difficulty feeding. Often, they lie stiff as boards.

A State of Addiction: The Fifth Vital Sign

Oct 26, 2017



Since 1999, opioid-related overdoses have quadrupled in the United States, and the latest data from the CDC doesn't indicate a reprieve is coming anytime soon.

Stepping back, have you ever wondered how we did we get here? 

A State of Addiction: On the Front Lines

Oct 18, 2017
Utah Department of Health



“There are many times when families are affected by this and it's not always the homeless person or the stressed out dad—it can be the mom, at home. They could have three kids; they could have regular family life like anybody else and just not be able to deal with something quite well at the moment,” said Corey Larsen, firefighter paramedic for Ogden City.

A State of Addiction: A Quiet Problem

Oct 10, 2017
National Institutes of Health

Cottonwood Heights is the type of community where little kids wear helmets while pedaling by on their bicycles; the homes often have two and three car garages, neatly trimmed lawns, and potted flowers decorating the front doorsteps.