The latest issue of JAMA informs an estimated 20.8% of Utah adults aged 18 years or more had been prescribed an opiate medication in the past 12 months. One in five people in Utah are on Oxycontin, Vicodin, or Tylenol #3  etc.?   The same JAMA article states in 2005 Utah had the highest rate in the nation of reported non-medical use of pain relievers.

Sharing Rx is a felony in Utah but nearly 90% for folks who got opiates from others got them from family or friends.

My question to the JAMA editors- and to Spo-fans is –

Is it ‘painful’ to be a Mormon?

Perhaps there is some sort of strenuous physical aspect of being a Mormon of which I am not aware.  Perhaps there is a inverse correlation between generalized abstinence and taking pain killers.  Perhaps if the LDS ‘loosened up’ and allowed a drink or two they would have less pain?

Seriously  –

How does Utah compare to other states, in the # of adults taking opiates? Is 1 in 5 a Utah or a USA matter?

Are people living in Utah more likely to develop pain, or do people with pain gravitate to Utah?

Curiouser and curiouser……