Opioid Prevention Policies in Utah

Good Samaritan Law (House Bill 11) This law enables bystanders to report an overdose without fear of criminal prosecution for illegal possession of a controlled substance or illicit drug. Naloxone Law (House Bill 119) This law permits physicians to prescribe naloxone to third parties (someone who is usually a caregiver or a potential bystander to a person at risk for an overdose) and permits individuals … Continue reading Opioid Prevention Policies in Utah

Easy Ways to Improve Opioid Safety

Guidelines to Help Protect You and Your Family Opioids are often prescribed after surgery to help relieve pain. Below are some simple ways you can improve opioid safety. 1. Talk With Your Doctor If you have been prescribed an opioid, talk with your doctor about the risks and if possible, discuss alternatives to opioids. There are other ways to treat pain that are often more … Continue reading Easy Ways to Improve Opioid Safety

Tobacco policy and vaping updates 2020

We are entering an exciting time of the year where there is great potential for change in the field of tobacco and drug prevention, especially when talking about preventing use among our youth population. The Utah State Legislative Session begins January 27th and ends March 12th. During this time, the Utah State Legislature has the opportunity to pass many bills, but the ones that we … Continue reading Tobacco policy and vaping updates 2020

Utah Alcohol Policy Summit Review

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Utah Alcohol Policy Summit! Below are the PowerPoints that have been submitted by our speakers. 2019 Alcohol Policy Summit Steve Schmidt UT Alcohol Policy Summit 10.18.19 The goals and challenges for alcohol policy and regulation today are very similar to those the country faced when prohibition of alcohol ended: preventing harms related to public health and safety; responsibly … Continue reading Utah Alcohol Policy Summit Review

What Are Risk Factors for Teen Substance Misuse?

What are risk factors for teen substance misuse?  A risk factor is a condition that increases the likelihood of a problem behavior.  Let’s use the example of heart problems, what are the risk factors?  Diet, smoking, family history, not exercising, and high cholesterol. All of those things increase our risk for having a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure.  The more you have the more … Continue reading What Are Risk Factors for Teen Substance Misuse?

When it Comes to Youth Using Drugs – Most Don’t

According to the 2017 Student Health and Risk Prevention Survey, students in Utah County believed that about 18% of all students had used alcohol in the past 30 days.  If they have a grade with 100 students, teens believe 18 of them are drinking.  That seems like a lot of teens are drinking!  The reality is, most don’t. Only 4.1% of students in Utah County … Continue reading When it Comes to Youth Using Drugs – Most Don’t