Utah's overdose deaths fall 12% despite nationwide surge

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  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2018 5:25 p.m.

    Those that initially enter the addiction pathway after being prescribed narcotics by a physician may be different from those who start with recreational drugs. The first case is amenable to education of both patient and doctor, the second is a more difficult problem.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2018 12:43 p.m.

    We have moved too far away from teaching kids and adults how to go through and survive hard things in life without being medicated, high, drunk, etc. People don't want to feel anything anymore rather than learning how to handle painful and difficult feelings. And, manage a certain level of physical pain. There is a fine line with physical pain as if it gets too high it can raise blood pressure and could trigger a heart attack from high blood pressure and a high level of pain. We can do more in our society and health care systems to help people manage short-term high pain and chronic pain. We need more of a holisticm approach to health care.

  • Akman Santaquin, UT
    Aug. 19, 2018 8:29 a.m.

    At some point the light needs to shine on youth sport injuries and parents afraid of the kids feeling any pain.

    If you give kids comfortably numb after injuries don’t be shocked when they want to have more.

    There are NO exceptions to narcotic addiction. Narcotics don’t treat anyone Special. Use ,abuse ,addiction
    Are a reality not a remote possibility. Parents need to be tough on the front end of narcotic exposure, if not they will pay a much higher emotional cost when their loved one sinks into the narcotic abuser wasteland.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2018 4:43 a.m.

    The cost to our economy is staggering and it's instigated by the few. Hundreds of millions to fight the epidemic. Hundreds of millions more to incarcerate and treat the addicts.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2018 7:01 p.m.

    As awful as it would be, I could let go of my child easier than to watch them throw their whole life away with drug and or alcohol abuse. Dying isn't the worse thing that can happen to them.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 18, 2018 6:56 p.m.

    I always find it hilarious that people believe that it depends on which state you live in whether or not you are prone to an overdose. The question is far more complex and the statistics ought to be as complex. But they are not. So we get every state making huge upswings and downswings. I know of no drug user who checks on the state of residence before taking drugs - even in excess.

    This report means nothing. So let's report it.

  • 1aggie Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2018 9:01 a.m.

    The increase in deaths in some parts of the country is being attributed to more deadly synthetic drugs— fentanyl— being mixed with heroin. Different parts of the country usedifferent types of heroin. West of the Mississippi, black tar heroin is most common and so far, fentynal is not being mixed with it. That could change, leading to a spike in deaths.

    Utah still has a high opioid death rate compared to some other states.