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Utah-funded Overdose Medicine Saves 46 People In 6 Months

Opioid Overdose

Figures released by the state show 46 people were likely saved during the first six months of the year by police officers who gave them a drug called Naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

The overdose victims were saved as part of a state-funded pilot program aimed at reducing high rates of opioid death in Utah.

The state Department of Health awarded 32 agencies, including police and health departments, about $236,000 to buy Naloxone kits and train employees how to use them.

Data show Utah ranked seventh in the nation for overdose deaths from 2013-15, with an average of 24 people dying each month from a prescription opioid overdose in 2015 alone.