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Free Naloxone at the Spanish Fork Library The Spanish Fork Library offers more than good books and free Wi-Fi. As of March, the library is also offering free naloxone. A few years ago, in conjunction with Spanish Fork City’s Active and Healthy initiative, the Spanish Fork Library began offering free gun locks to help prevent death by suicide. In addition to these kinds of efforts, … Continue reading

Drug Use and Relationships

Prescription drug misuse can happen to anyone. When it happens, it can wreak havoc on relationships. If you or a loved one is dealing with substance misuse, then here is some advice from a couple who made it through.   Thank you for sharing your story Joel and Anjuli! Recovery from addiction is possible, so get help today. Learn more about opioid prescription drug prevention. Continue reading Drug Use and Relationships

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

You Can 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 You Can 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?

What is Naloxone? 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 … Continue reading What is Naloxone?

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

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 overdoses. Flushing prescription pain medications can contaminate our groundwater and harm our fish. Protect our environment and community by properly disposing at a permanent local medication drop box near you. Business hours … Continue reading Safe Drug Disposal