Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 26, 2018.
Opioid overdoses remain steady, heroin deaths up in Utah
A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that the number of fatal overdoses from opioids remained steady in the Beehive State from 2013 to 2016, according to the Deseret News.
However, the deaths related to heroin rose during the same time, according to the report.
As the Deseret News reported, 600 Utahns died in 2016 alone from opioid overdose. The amount of people who died from opioid overdoses has remained close to that number from 2013 to 2016.
Meanwhile, 166 Utahns died from overdosing on heroin in 2016 — a jump from 127 a year prior.
"When they get to a point where they can't get prescription opioids, where they can't afford them, then they're turning to heroin because it's cheaper to get," health department spokeswoman Jenny Johnson told the Deseret News.
BYU uses Instagram to combat sexual abuse
Brigham Young University is now using Instagram to help students with issues related to sexual abuse, the Deseret News reported.
BYU posted a new message in an Instagram video post that said, “There are two very important words to understand in this process. One is amnesty, the other is confidentiality.”
The school used Instagram to send a message to students “in hopes that it will better resonate with them so they can help others who are victims of sexual assault.”
The university used Instagram specifically because it knew the message would reach more people.
“For us, anything that we can do to encourage reporting, and that is what our amnesty policy is all about,” Tiffany Turley, Title IX coordinator at BYU, told the Deseret News. “(It’s) letting students know we are going to look at the bigger picture and really address the most important issue, which is someone being victimized by sexual assault.”
Read more at the Deseret News.
Olympics end with U.S. disappointment
The United States didn’t exactly exceed expectations in the 2018 Winter Games.
According to the Deseret News, the U.S. Olympic Committee expected American athletes to secure 37 medals in total.
However, the country left PyeongChang with 23, the Deseret News reported.
Utah athletes didn’t do well, either. Only two Beehive State residents earned medals.
Alan Ashley, the USOC’s chief of sports performance, said he hoped for better results. But, he said, there’s still some food news.
“We always want to do better,” Ashley said. “I want them to do better because I want that to be a reflection of what they’re capable of. … As I sit here today, the last day of the games, I’m actually probably more encouraged now than I’ve ever been because even though people would say, ‘You didn’t get your medal count, you didn’t get to the right level.’ Look at the depth of our team.”
China leader looks to stay in power
China’s ruling Communist Party released a plan to end term limits for its leaders, effectively making it possible for current leader Xi Jinping to rule beyond 2023, according to NBC News.
The party said it hoped to remove the words from the constitution that read the country’s president and vice president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms,” NBC reported.
Xi’s first five-year term is almost over. He is expected to a win a second term during an annual meeting March 5, which would give him the presidency until 2023 under current law.
Critics said they hope to see more evidence of how this will help the country. But Hu Xingdou, a Beijing-based political commentator, said this could have benefits.Comment on this story
"President Xi may be in a leading position for a relatively long time," Hu said. "This is beneficial to pushing forward reforms and the fight against corruption, but it's impossible for China to have lifetime tenure again."
Read more at NBC News.
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