How Carbon County is 'building a fence' to protect the community from opioids

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  • Annon Price, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 10:17 p.m.

    The biggest issue CC has, and it is never brought up... In order for anyone to get any type of "help " around this area, there has to be some sort of crime committed!! Unless you have amazing insurance, or are very well off financially, (which, let's face it, if you are a deep user, you probably are neither) then you have to commit a felony to get useful help. Four corners has limited structure, and does not give enough support for someone wanting to get clean, and STAY clean!! FELONY drug court is an amazing program. But, it is just that, for FELONS only. Why can't there be drug court for the average joe/jane. There needs to be a structured/strict serious program for someone who is truly seeking help off opiates, amphetamines, alcohol, and any other serious addiction. It's a sad, sad truth, that needs to be delt with!!

  • erikpeterhansen Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 7:38 p.m.

    Many people don't choose to begin a drug addiction. They often are pressed into it through the greater pain and delusion of mental illness/disability sometimes combined with homelessness. The way we treat addiction has to be much more intuitive than curing addicts. It's got to be about society's willingness to change our Christian values into real Christian values. Poverty, poor health care, lack of education and mental disability leads to addiction.

  • Fed up with carbon county Price, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 12:49 p.m.

    While everyone is reading this article and congratulating CC (carbon county) for what they "are" doing to "help" these people who are addicted, need to open there eyes and truly see what's going on!!!! CC IS NOT helping addicts get help, NOT when they get out of jail when they say they're the most vulnerable, NOT when they've even ASKED for help they are NOT helping addicts!! I personally know of situations where addicts had been released from jail with a guaranteed acceptance to a FAITH BASED place outside of CC and they have been DENIED because it's outside of CC which would take the "kudos", money, & job security away from CC, so instead they keep them here to overdose and die AWESOME JOB CC🤔. 1 addict I speak of has a very minimal record which consists of possession, theft, & trespassing and that's it NOTHING more but they will not allow this person to leave CC to get the help from the FAITH BASED RECOVERY CENTER of the persons choice, because this will take one person away from the unsuccessful ap&p agents here, this is where they lose money from the persons fines, job security for many because this person wouldn't be under their care nor going in and out of jail. THANKS CC

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Jan. 2, 2018 5:56 p.m.

    While these bureaucrats are busy patting themselves on the back for a job well done. Numerous senior citizens are having to live with intolerable pain. This is due to pressure from these do-gooders, who think if NO pain pills are prescribed, that's the solution.
    It is a shame that doctors who took an oath to cause their patients "no harm" are doing just that, because of a few criminals who will get their drugs anyway.

  • polinate73 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 2, 2018 2:01 p.m.

    Great story, but where's your editor?

    Three obvious errors:

    -wrong usage of "Awhile" (should be "A while")

    -"their tolerances have change"

    -"community expectations that youths respecting their elders".

    Plus a handful of more minor errors.

    You're better than this, DesNews!

  • someguyaaron Parowan, UT
    Jan. 2, 2018 1:30 p.m.

    This really is a horrible problem. Licensed drug pushers. I got off of several types of pain pills, OxyContin, oxycodone, Fentanyl ad more, it was hard. I feel that somehow we need to find the politicians, local, state and Federal, who are thakeing money from THE DRUG COMPANIES, and LOBBYISTS WHO LOBY FOR BIG FARMA, Publish it First and say, “ These are the people along with the Doctors who are killing our friends and loved ones. This to show whose to blame. You see there are many other pain meds that can stop the pain. But as the young man said in your story. Man this pill makes me feel the way I want to. These kinds of drugs absolutely make everything great. All who profited should be charged with Assessories to MURDER.

  • Just want to know...... Northern Utah, UT
    Jan. 2, 2018 9:55 a.m.

    You can do it Carbon County. Don't give up!

  • drich Green River, Utah
    Jan. 2, 2018 8:12 a.m.

    Maybe one alternative is to start taking legal action to those who prescribe these opioids. Which seems to be getting out of hand nationally.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 2, 2018 6:37 a.m.

    This is tragic and depressing. I remember that my parents, teachers and relatives foolishly brought me up to believe that anyone experiencing these problems were almost always lazy, ungodly, not intelligent, atheistic and probably living in the inner city or living as illegal immigrants. Now we have a President and courts that seem to reinforce that silly kind of thinking. Even this article seems to take the stance that—“if they simply had religion in their lives—thats the missing piece.” And where is the law enforcement person pictured? Is he seen out in the community helping or talking to young people? No, he stands smugly folding his arms in front of jail cells.

  • McMurphy St George, Utah
    Jan. 1, 2018 12:35 p.m.

    "Carbon County ... has one of the highest rates of retail opioid prescriptions dispensed per 100 people nationwide ...".

    It sounds like Carbon County is doing a number of sensible things to correct this problem but it seems to me that an obvious thing someone needs to be looking at is why are so many prescriptions being dispensed? What are the doctors in the county up to?

  • McMurphy St George, Utah
    Jan. 1, 2018 12:36 p.m.

    "Carbon County ... has one of the highest rates of retail opioid prescriptions dispensed per 100 people nationwide ...".

    It sounds like Carbon County is doing a number of sensible things to correct this problem but it seems to me that an obvious thing someone needs to be looking at is why are so many prescriptions being dispensed? What are the doctors in the county up to?