Opioids

ruralandproud.org

It’s a cold, November morning and I’m outside a free detox center in South Salt Lake. It stands out because it’s a modern-looking building in an industrial part of town. Two tired-looking men are pacing under a heater just outside the center’s doors waiting for a woman to call their names so they can begin detoxing from either alcohol or drugs.

drug-addiction-help.org

"Had my son. C-section. I was given a prescription for pain pills. They did the trick. They helped with the physical pain, as well as the emotional pain because everything is better when you take opioids. Or so it seems."

wisegeek.org

A Utah lawmaker is planning to introduce a proposal to require county jails and state prisons to submit yearly reports on jail deaths and how they handle opioid and other medications amid renewed emphasis on jail deaths.

Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson, meanwhile, says his office has begun a review of policies and procedures after several deaths in the summer of 2016. Those deaths, plus a fatal injury suffered by an inmate in December, triggered heavy public scrutiny of jails around the state.

Wikipedia and University of Utah

LeAnn Williams was married for 31 years. She just lost her husband this past February to an overdose of Oxycodone. LeAnn gently turned through each page of a scrapbook. In her quiet way, she showed me pictures of falling in love with her college sweetheart, winters spent building snow caves in their yard, and growing a family with three beautiful children in Heber City, Utah.  

A State of Addiction: Breaking The Pain Cycle

Nov 14, 2017
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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. 

The federal government announced Monday that opioid treatment centers in Utah will receive additional Medicaid reimbursement money. The money will be used to house more clients seeking drug treatment help.

President Donald Trump’s directive to declare the opioid crisis in the United States a nationwide public health emergency could give state and local lawmakers more funding options. After Thursday’s announcement, representatives from a group that works with national, state and rural policy makers on addiction legislation has ideas of how the money could be spent.

A State of Addiction: The Fifth Vital Sign

Oct 26, 2017
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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: 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.

The Utah-based health care provider Intermountain Healthcare announced last week that they plan to reduce opioid prescription by 40 percent by the end of 2018.

kuer.org

Federal prosecutors say a former nurse charged with infecting seven people with hepatitis C at an Ogden hospital is one of more than 400 people across the country accused in health care fraud and opioid scams.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah said Thursday that 50-year-old Elet Neilson spread the virus by stealing narcotic drugs and injecting herself before injecting patients.

seymourems.org

Federal authorities in Utah say they've busted a multimillion-dollar opioid-drug ring based in a suburban Salt Lake City basement, underscoring how a small operation can quickly turn out hundreds of thousands of potentially fatal fentanyl pills to eager buyers.