(Salt Lake Tribune, October 1) The number of opioid overdose deaths in Utah dropped by almost 20 percent in 2017, according to a new state report.
Because a majority of the opioid deaths – about 65 percent — were due to prescription opioids, the state has decided to focus on how doctors prescribe.
With new technology, state officials will be better able to monitor prescribing behavior.
“We’ll be able to see doctors overprescribing very quickly,” Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said. “We have certain counties where there’s more [opioid] prescriptions than people,” Cox said, though he did not identify those counties. Read more.