The Utah State Legislature has enacted several pieces of legislation to decrease the number of prescription drug overdose deaths. Below is a timeline of key legislation.

  • 2006 – Five-year Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) to target prescription narcotic morbidity and mortality received by Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
  • 2007 – More Utahns died from prescription drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes.
  • 2007 – Utah Department of Health (UDOH) received funding from the Utah Legislature through H.B. 137 to create and fund the Prescription Pain Medication Program (PPMP). The goal of the PPMP is to educate the public and healthcare providers about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and to research risk factors of the deaths. 
  • 2008Use Only As Directed media campaign launched.
  • 2008 – First decrease in the number of prescription drug deaths in over a decade.
  • 2009Utah Clinical Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids is released.
  • 2009 – Utah Pharmaceutical Drug Crime Project established to continue efforts in reducing prescription drug overdose deaths.
  • 2010 – Prescription Pain Medication Program funding eliminated.
  • 2010 – Utah State Legislature passes H.B. 28 which requires all prescribers of controlled substances to register to use the Utah Controlled Substance Database, take a tutorial, and pass a test on the use of the database and the prescribing of controlled substances when applying for or renewing their license.
  • 2011 – Utah Pharmaceutical Drug Crime Project launches a new media campaign, building on the Use Only As Directed media campaign.
  • 2011 – Utah State Legislature passes S.B. 61 which requires prescribers renewing or applying for a controlled substance license to take four hours of controlled substance prescribing classes each licensing period.
  • 2011 – National Take Back Initiative received a total of 13,957 pounds of medications.
  • 2011 – First increase in prescription drug overdose deaths observed since 2008.