Since 2002, prescription pain medications have been responsible for more drug deaths in Utah than all other drug categories, such as anti-anxiety medications, over-the-counter medications, or illicit drugs. Prescription pain medication deaths have outnumbered heroin and cocaine deaths combined since 2002.
These documents summarize and provide citation for recent research that assists in combatting the epidemic of overdoses. These documents are meant to be used as an educational tool to further fact-based discussions about preventing overdoses in Utah.
Please feel free to use these documents for that purpose with attribution to the Drug Policy Project of Utah.