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KSL is known for its campaign Utah Gives Back, which highlights local organizations who make a difference in the community. KSL is launching a slightly different take on Utah Gives Back called Utah Takes Back. The initiative was built to slow the Opioid epidemic that has been plaguing Utah. Utah Takes Back takes action to collect unused opioids, and discard them safely and properly. Utah Takes Back is discarding Opioids with the goal to save people’s lives.


The Opidemic in Utah

Dubbed the Opidemic, the opioid epidemic in Utah is linked to the death of 6 Utahns a week. And the staggering figures don’t stop there. Utah has the 7th highest drug overdose rate in the US. Even 80% of heroin users started with prescription Opioids.


So what is an Opioid?

Many prescription medications are Opioids, including Oxycodone, Codeine, Fentanyl, and even Morphine. These are commonly prescribed by doctors but can lead to much more serious dependence if abused. The Opidemic in Utah is happening because so many of these drugs are so addictive if used incorrectly. This has led to a much larger problem as many find themselves addicted to a drug that was originally prescribed to them for issues like pain relief.


Where is Treatment Offered to Those Who Might Have a Problem?

Do you or someone you know have a dependence on Opioids or other prescription drugs? KSL NewsRadio’s Doug Wright Show featured The Odyssey House in a special Utah Takes Back episode.

Odyssey House is one of many groups offering Opioid addiction help. Licensed Clinical Social Workers like Christina Zidow aid with Opioid addiction, as well as many other substance abuse problems. There are several locations of the Odyssey House, and they can be found online at odysseyhouse.org


What Can You Do?

Utah Take Back is a bi-annual event that will be collecting Opioids and other unused and/or unwanted prescription medications so that they can be properly disposed of. Utah Takes Back will be happening around the state at approved sites on October 28, 2017, from 10am-2pm. For more information about these drop-off sites, visit utahtakeback.org.


More Information about the Opidemic in Utah

To find more information about the Opidemic in Utah, visit opidemic.com which is brought to you by the Utah Department of Health.