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Utah is 1 of 9 states seeing decrease in fatal overdoses

Utah is 1 of 9 states seeing decrease in fatal overdoses

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State leaders say heroin overdose deaths declined in Utah in 2017 for the first time in seven years. Data released Monday by state agencies shows that opioid-related overdose deaths decreased last year by almost 20 percent. Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says fatal overdoses specifically […]

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Sevier and Carbon Counties Get Federal Grants To Fight Opioid Epidemic 

Sevier and Carbon Counties Get Federal Grants To Fight Opioid Epidemic 

Carbon and Sevier counties will get some help from the feds to help combat the opioid epidemic.  The Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development is providing the counties with nearly 400-thousand dollars. County leaders say the money will be used to provide ambulances that are equipped to treat overdose […]

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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A report released Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill finds that companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, contributed the most money to the groups, funneling $4.7 million to organizations and physicians from 2012 through last year, according to the report. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Utah files lawsuit against OxyContin drugmaker Purdue

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has filed a lawsuit accusing manufacturers of the opioid OxyContin of creating a drug abuse epidemic in the state. Attorney General Sean Reyes said Thursday that drugmaker Purdue Pharma misrepresented the risk opioids posed and the likelihood of addiction, amounting to fraud, negligence and […]

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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A report released Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill finds that companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, contributed the most money to the groups, funneling $4.7 million to organizations and physicians from 2012 through last year, according to the report. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

County in Utah files state opioid lawsuit against 24 firms

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Another county in Utah is suing opioid makers and distributors over what critics call the ill effects of prescription painkiller abuse. Weber County Commissioner James Ebert announced the 240-page lawsuit on Thursday. The Standard-Examiner reports it names 24 defendants, including opioid makers Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Cephalon. […]

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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A report released Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill finds that companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, contributed the most money to the groups, funneling $4.7 million to organizations and physicians from 2012 through last year, according to the report. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Utah says it will file lawsuit against OxyContin drugmaker

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is planning to file a lawsuit against manufacturers of the opioid OxyContin, claiming the company is responsible for high rates of overdoses and deaths. State chief criminal deputy Spencer Austin told lawmakers Wednesday that the attorney’s general office will take action against drugmaker Purdue […]

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