Where in Utah Have Opioid Overdose Rates Been Highest?

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Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Saturday, 07, December 2019

Many of the hardest-hit areas due to the opioid crisis are within rural communities. Between 2014 and 2016 the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Carbon and Emery county was nearly three times the statewide rate. Most of the fatalities within those areas were because of prescription drugs. The adults between the ages of 45 and 54 were most at risk, and it was one of the worse opioid overdose hot spots in the state. Within Salt Lake City, the downtown Ogden area, Glendale, and Rose Park neighborhoods were hardest hit as well. When the overdose deaths were analyzed by local authorities, they discovered that treatment resources were not as available in rural areas.

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In 2017, there were 456 opioid-related drug overdose deaths, which was a rate of 15.5 deaths per 100,000 persons and was higher than the national average. Prescription opioids were the main driver of overdose deaths accounting for close to 70% of them. Heroin involved deaths in the state did increase that year, along with deaths involving synthetic opioids. Prescribing rates within the state is higher than the national average. In 2017, Utah providers wrote 63.8 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons. However, since 2008 this has been a 30% decline with the prescribing rates for opioids. Opioid abuse affects communities throughout the state, but there are treatment resources available.

The drug treatment programs in the larger communities include inpatient and outpatient centers. If you are struggling with opioid addiction, you must start with medical detox, followed by inpatient treatment. Both state-funded and private treatment centers are available in Utah, and it is important to find the proper type of treatment to meet the needs of your addiction. Too many addicts choose not to get help because of the withdrawal pain connected to the addiction. However, medical detox and medication-assisted treatment can help addicts through difficult drug addictions.