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.
The Utah House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that is intended to assist people who call for emergency help when someone is overdosing on drugs.
Amelia Sorich died of an overdose of heroin and cocaine even though two friends might have saved her life by calling for help. But the friends chose not to because they feared being prosecuted the drugs in their possession. Holladay Democratic Rep. Carol Spackman Moss says there are too many cases just like that. She crafted a bill to grant limited immunity to Good Samaritans who find themselves in a position to help.
A bill that could make it harder to sell fake or stolen prescription drugs passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week. Utah 4th District Congressman Jim Matheson is a co-sponsor of HR 1919, which would require a product identifier code on every container of prescription drugs sold in the United States. Matheson says technology is readily available to track them.