Every week in Utah, nine people die as a result of a drug poisoning; six of which are a direct result of overdosing on prescription opioids. (1)
Every month in Utah, 24 individuals die from prescription opioid overdoses. (1)
- In 2014, 32% of Utah adults aged 18 years and older had been prescribed an opioid pain medication in the last 12 months. (2)
- From 2000 to 2014, Utah has experienced a 398% increase in deaths associated with the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, making prescription drug overdose one of the leading cause of injury deaths in Utah. (1, 3)
- Since 2010, deaths from prescription opioid overdoses have increased 26.7%; calls to the Utah Poison Control Center decreased 45% during the same time period. (1)
- From 2012 to 2014, Utah ranks 4th highest for drug overdose deaths in the U.S. (4)
- Over the last decade, prescription pain medications have been responsible for more drug deaths in Utah than all other drugs combined.(1,3)
- In 2014, 59% of all prescription pain medication deaths in Utah involved oxycodone, however the risk of death is significantly higher when methadone is involved.(1)
- In 2015, 2.9% of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 reported that they had used prescription drugs in the past 30 days, not prescribed to them by a doctor. (5)
- In 2015, 10th and 12th grade students were significantly more likely than 8th grade students (3.0%, 3.4%, and 1.5%, respectively) to report using prescription drugs not prescribed to them within the past 30 days. (5)
- Among local health districts, Tri-county had a significant increase in students reporting prescription drug misuse from 2013 to 2015. Southeast students reported the highest rate of prescription drug misuse (3.6%), followed by Weber-Morgan (3.5%). (5)
- Southeast Local Health District has a significantly higher prescription opioid death rate compared to the state. Utah Small Areas that have higher prescription opioid death rates compared to state include Carbon/Emery Counties, Ogden (Downtown), and Taylorsville (East) / Murray (West). (1)
In Utah, the top five circumstances observed in prescription opioid deaths were (1):
- 65% substance abuse problem (Substance abuse problems include those in which the individual was noted as using illegal drugs, abusing prescription medications, or regularly using inhalants at the time of death.)
- 62% diagnosed mental illness
- 61% physical health problem
- 16% history of alcohol dependence or problem
- 10% history of suicide attempt
- Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program, Utah Violent Death Reporting System.
- Utah Department of Health Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
- Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program Prescription Pain Medication Program Database.
- National Center for Healthcare Statistics.
- Utah Department of Health Violence Bureau of Health Promotion Prevention Needs Assessment Data.