Opioid Truths, Myths, and Breakthroughs: Connecting Communities to Solutions

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour — A few weeks ago, the Hinckley Institute held a panel discussion on the current state of the opioid epidemic here in Utah and nationwide.

According to new data released by Lt. Gov Spencer Cox’s office, in 2017 Utah’s number of prescription opioid overdose deaths declined for the third consecutive year by almost 20 percent. Utah was one of only nine states nationwide to observe a decrease in opioid overdose deaths from 2016 to 2017.

The panel examines the depth of the epidemic and how individual lives are affected by the crisis, while also shedding light on the state’s current efforts to combat addiction and overdoses.

The panel includes: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes; Utah Assistant Attorney General Scott Reed; Utah Naloxone Director Dr. Jennifer Plumb; and USDA State Director Randy Parker. Moderating the discussion is Lara Jones, producer at local radio station KRCL.

The forum was recorded on September 13, 2018