SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (GOOD 4 UTAH) - An average of 21 Utahn's die as a result of prescription pain medications each month, according to the Utah Department of Health’s most recent statistics.
Now, as part of National Prevention Week the
In fact, they say 93% of prescription pain overdoses in
"Its not uncommon for people who get addicted to pain pills, which are opioides, to become addicted to heroin, a lot of the time it is just because they can't get the pain medication, so then they turn to heroin,” said Elizabeth Sollis from the Utah Department of Human Services.
Sollis says it's not uncommon because heroin is cheaper and often easier to get off the street than prescription medication. She also says most prescription overdose related deaths are taking place in Carbon and
“In the state of
In the past
"It is still the second primary substance of abuse for people entering into public substance abuse treatment programs,” said Sollis.
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