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Whittney Evans

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

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This week several laws went into effect intended to address Utah’s addiction to pain pills and opioids. Lawmakers this year approved legislation that will allow for the creation of a needle exchange and for anyone to distribute a drug overdose antidote called Naloxone. KUER's Andrea Smardon talks with Sam Plumb, whose brother died of a heroin overdose. Plumb and his sister Jennifer together started an organization last year called Utah Naloxone at University of Utah Health Care.

Medical Marijuana Proposals Advance to Utah Senate

Feb 5, 2016
Andrea Smardon / KUER

Two competing medical marijuana bills were approved by legislative panels Thursday after some emotional testimony.

Brian Grimmett / KUER file photo

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

Utah lawmakers heard from experts about medical marijuana at the state Capitol Wednesday. One doctor testified that marijuana products could not only provide medical benefits, but might also help reduce the number of Utahns addicted to opiates.

Leftover Prescription Meds Pose Hazards to Utahns

Apr 25, 2014

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in Utah and around the country. But Utahns can reduce the risk of overdose deaths and help protect the environment by disposing of those unused medications Saturday during National Take-Back Day.