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An underused database to track prescription opioid abuse has been updated and streamlined for doctors in Utah.

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A Justice Department program that tackles heroin, prescription drug abuse and violent crime is coming to Utah.

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Todd Allen is the medical director of the emergency department at Intermountain Healthcare. Last month, he announced that Intermountain would reduce prescription levels of opioid painkillers by 40 percent by the end of 2018. Allen recently spoke with KUER about how they plan to do that. 

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The proper use of drugs was at the heart of two bills advanced by Utah senators. Lawmakers had held up both bills until Tuesday to make sure there was money to fund the programs.

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A state lawmaker is working on new legislation to curb pain pill addiction in Utah. This one starts at the doctor’s office.

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A former St. George doctor has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for illegally prescribing pain pills.

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Law enforcement officials are asking for help in curbing what they call a tidal wave of addiction in Utah.

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New data shows six people die each week in Utah as a result of overdosing on prescription painkillers. A campaign is underway to safely dispose of the drugs that are killing people.

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Two medical marijuana proposals will be vetted by separate Utah legislative committees Thursday.

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The federal government has released a new online mapping tool that shows Medicare opioid prescription claims in the United States. Utah’s claims are above the national average.