Opioid-Related 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-Related Policies in Utah

Opioid Safety

Guidelines to Help Protect You and Your Family 1. Talk With Your Doctor Opioids are often prescribed after surgery to help relieve pain. 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 effective and have fewer risks and side effects. See UseOnlyAsDirected.org … Continue reading Opioid Safety

Choose Compassion, Break Down Stigma

People with medical conditions need a supportive network to help them recover. Substance use disorder is just as much a valid condition as someone who is recovering from cancer. Any chronic medical condition requires support from a recovery community. Unfortunately, not all health conditions receive the same level of support. People with a substance use disorder can experience social isolation, stigma, and shaming, all of … Continue reading Choose Compassion, Break Down Stigma

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

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist – a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.  Naloxone has been nicknamed the “Lazarus Drug” because it can bring an individual who is no longer breathing, “back from the dead.”  However, naloxone only works on an OPIOID overdose. It will not work on any other substance or overdose.  How does it work? Opioids bind to receptors in … Continue reading What is Naloxone?

Most Don’t

A “norm” is a value, belief or behavior considered by a group of people to be acceptable.  Most often it is unwritten and learned by interacting and observation of other people.  Most cultural groups or communities follow these same norms so we come to believe that is the standard way of behaving, therefore we shape our own behavior accordingly.  Norms teach us what acceptable behavior … Continue reading Most Don’t

Safe Drug Disposal

Be part of the solution! 75% of Utahns currently addicted to opioids get them from a friend or family member. Properly disposing of unused opioid medication prevents the risk of addiction, misuse, and accidental overdoses. American Fork Intermountain Pharmacy 98 North 1100 East, #101 American Fork, UT 84003(801) 492-2599 American Fork Police Dept 75 East 80 North, Suite 101 American Fork, UT 84003 (801) 492-2599 … Continue reading Safe Drug Disposal

E-Cigarettes/Vapes

What is an E-Cigarette? An e-cigarette device is used to heat a liquid substance and when heated to a certain temperature, creates an aerosol that can then be inhaled. E-cigarettes have many different names such as: E-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems,  and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2016). In 2017, 8.6 percent of 6th, 8th, 10th, and … Continue reading E-Cigarettes/Vapes

The Opioid Overdose Crisis

Opioid Overdoses When prescribed and used properly, opioids are an important and commonly used component to help control and manage moderate to severe pain. They are used in hospitals and are sometimes prescribed by doctors. Common opioids include Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Morphine, Fentanyl, Buprenorphine and Methadone. There are also illegal opioids, such as Heroin. Opioids work by stimulating opioid receptors in the brain which reduce pain. … Continue reading The Opioid Overdose Crisis