Study reveals Utah as opioid overdose hotspot

A new study has discovered that Utah has one of the nation’s highest overdose death rates, with oxycodone identified as one of the most common drugs listed by medical examiners as contributing to the cause of such deaths, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Researchers interviewed the families of those who had accidentally died of a prescription opiate overdose over one year, beginning in October 2008, and found that abuse and misuse accounted for about three-quarters of the deaths, the paper said.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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