SALT LAKE CITY — A bill lawmakers hope will help reduce drug overdose deaths cleared another legislative hurdle Monday.2 comments on this story
The Utah House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass HB58, a bill that formally creates a new committee to review and study opioid overdoses, as well as appropriates $675,000 in ongoing funds and $145,000 in one-time funds for the new committee, as well as an opioid fatality examiner and database enhancements.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, said although opioid overdose deaths dipped slightly to about 360 last year, "obviously the number is still far too high."
The data that could come from the Opioid and Overdose Fatality Review Committee "could absolutely help us save additional lives," Eliason said.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.