Utah’s statistics on fatal pain pill overdoses are prompting law enforcement to embark on a new way to combat crime.
Nationwide data reveals that prescription drug overdoses of pain meds have tripled in the last decade. In 1999, 4,000 overdoses were reported; in 2008 the number jumped to 15,000. Ranking fourth in fatalities, Utah law enforcement, doctors, and pharmacists have decided to band together to crack down on the use through a new pharmaceutical drug crime project.
Some think this is a great way to help decrease the state’s pain pill overdose deaths. However, others think that treatment initiatives for drug addiction are a better way to reduce harm and injury caused by prescription drugs and that the new proposal is simply another stringent activity of Utah law enforcement officials.
Currently, OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin are a few prescription pain medications prescribed in the U.S. today.
It remains to be seen what will become of the pharmaceutical drug crime project and whether concerted efforts by authorities will have an impact on the pain pill epidemic in Utah or around the country.
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