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Monday, March 30, 2015

Mindy Vincent at the Utah State Capitol on March 6th, 2015, speaking at a Rally for Recovery on opiate addiction. (Andrea Smardon/The Takeaway)

What Your Zip Code Says About Your Health: Utah & The Mormon Community

Over 60% of Utah's residents are members of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a faith that forbids the use of drugs including alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea. Yet, Utah has one of the highest rates of prescription drug addiction in the country. The issue has had a shattering effect on the Latter Day Saints community as Mindy Vincent, a therapist at a drug recovery center in Salt Lake City, can attest. Her sister, Maline, died August of last year from prescription pain medication overuse. KUER's Andrea Smardon reports and Glen Hanson, Director of the Utah Addiction Center, joins us to discuss.

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