Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President Donald J. Trump waves to the assembled crowd as he and Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee arrive in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

Here’s a look at the news for Dec. 21.

Utahns battling the opioid crisis

The Deseret News published five reports of Utahns who fought the opioid addiction and are still winning the fight.

The five pieces include stories of a Mormon couple, a former BYU running back, a Utah filmmaker, a Utah mother and a former LDS bishop all grappling with addiction.

Alema Harrington, the former BYU football player, spoke with the Deseret News about his addiction in a video interview.

“I don’t recall ever having significant physical pain, but I don’t think I realized all of the emotional pain that I had,” he says. “The drugs erased all of that immediately.”

See all the stories at the Deseret News.

Trump, Hatch celebrate tax bill

President Donald Trump honored Sen. Orrin Hatch on Wednesday after Republicans passed a major tax bill, according to the Deseret News.

Trump called Hatch a “great chairman.”

Hatch responded, "We’re going to keep fighting to make this the greatest presidency we’ve seen not only in generations but maybe ever."

Trump couldn’t believe Hatch’s comments.

Hatch later said, "Mr. President, I have to say you're living up to everything I thought you would. You're one heck of a leader."

Read more at the Deseret News.

A look at how Seattle deals with drug offenders

Seattle’s new LEAD program has peaked the interest of Utah law enforcement, according to the Deseret News.

The Washington state city’s new program calls for law enforcement to help drug dealers and offenders seek help.

When police officers come across someone who they could arrest, they offer LEAD as an alternative to jail. The program provides long-term case management where addicts and drug offenders can change their lives.

“Not everyone belongs in jail,” said Seattle police officer Felix Reyes. “(Before LEAD) I was arresting the low-level drug offenders, the people shooting up in alleys. It was never the actual bad guys I wanted to: the predators and big dealers.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

Melbourne crash injures 14

A man who deliberately drove a car into a crowd in Melbourne was taken into custody after the incident, according to BBC News.

The driver, an Australian citizen of Afghan descent, is a reported drug user with mental health issues.

No terrorism link has been made, according to BBC.

"It is now believed he had no links to the incident, however he is still assisting police with enquiries," officials told BBC.

The driver injured 14 people when he drove into a crowd at a busy junction in the center of Melbourne.

Read more at BBC.

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