Utah Naloxone and law enforcement reach milestone in preventing overdose deaths

Nov 28, 2022, 7:00 PM

Utah Naloxone...

Amy Daeschel, Steps Recovery Center marketing business development manager, shows a dose of naloxone, used to reverse an opioid overdose, outside of Steps Recovery Center in Murray on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Naloxone reports over 600 lives in Utah have been saved thanks to law enforcement’s use of naloxone (Narcan®). Naloxone is a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses.

According to a press release, this is a milestone for the organization and its law enforcement partners.

The most recent report of naloxone use reversing an overdose comes from the Salt Lake City Police Department. The press release states, the department has the most reported reversals statewide since Utah naloxone laws were passed in 2014. Along with this, SLCPD was one of the first agencies in the state to equip officers with the medication.

“[Utah Naloxone is] so proud of and grateful for [SLCPD’s] efforts as well as for the efforts of all who are prepared and ready to save a life should there be an opioid overdose around them,” the press release states.

U.S. overdose death rates at an all-time high

According to the press release, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released data showing more overdose deaths in the US than ever before. 

Along with this, Utah Naloxone says overdose remains the leading cause of injury death in the Beehive State. According to the press release, there is a 30% increase in overdose deaths nationally.

Despite the milestone, Utah Naloxone says there is still work to be done.

“Anywhere there are opioids (pain pills, heroin, fentanyl), there should be naloxone,” the press release states.

Free naloxone kits and training are available through Utah Naloxone. It is legal in Utah to possess naloxone and to administer it in the case of a potential overdose.

Find more information on Utah Naloxone here.

Resources for those suffering from addiction

Further reading: Utah officials decry the dangers of new “rainbow” fentanyl

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories


FILE - Adderall XR capsules are displayed on Feb. 24, 2023. Drug shortages are growing in the Unite...

Devin Oldroyd

Seven months into Adderall shortage, expert offers advice

Now seven months into an Adderall shortage, many individuals have been left waiting several months for refills.

20 hours ago

boppy newborn infant lounger pillows recalled over deaths...

Becky Bruce

Boppy Newborn Lounger pillow blamed in more infant deaths

The Boppy Newborn Lounger has been linked to more infant deaths than previously thought, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

20 hours ago

A BYU psychologist tells Dave and Dujanovic that there are benefits to children being bored. Photo ...

Mark Jones

Are your children bored? Is it good or bad? An expert weighs in

A psychologist at BYU says there are some real benefits to children being bored.

2 days ago


Michelle Lee

Don’t let an unhealthy gut ruin your life

SALT LAKE CITY – A lot of us suffer from an unhealthy gut. In fact, a new survey by MDVIP shows that about two-thirds of us suffer from this but don’t do anything about it. In the latest Let’s Get Moving with Maria podcast episode, host Maria Shilaos spoke with Dr. Andrea Klemes, Chief Medical […]

3 days ago

rabies bats...

Mark Jones

Bat found in SLC tests positive for rabies, health expert weighs in

A bat recently found in Salt Lake City has tested positive for rabies. Nicholas Rupp, of the Salt Lake City Health Department, joined KSL NewsRadio to explain why it was tested.

6 days ago

A small outbreak of whooping cough was detected in Cache Valley, Utah. The Bear River Health Depart...

Waverly Golden

Small whooping cough outbreak in Cache Valley

A small outbreak of whooping cough was detected in Cache Valley, Utah. The Bear River Health Department says vaccination is the best preventative measure.

7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

Group of cheerful team members high fiving each other...

Visit Bear Lake

How To Plan a Business Retreat in Bear Lake This Spring

Are you wondering how to plan a business retreat this spring? Read our sample itinerary to plan a team getaway to Bear Lake.

Cheerful young woman writing an assignment while sitting at desk between two classmates during clas...

BYU EMBA at the Marriott School of Business

Hear it Firsthand: 6 Students Share Their Executive MBA Experience at BYU’s Marriott School of Business

The Executive MBA program at BYU offers great opportunities. Hear experiences straight from students enrolled in the program.

Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a New Winter Activity? Try Skijoring in Bear Lake

Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and gates.

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...

Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer.

Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy.

Utah Naloxone and law enforcement reach milestone in preventing overdose deaths