The citizens of Carbon County, Utah have come together in an effort to fight against opioid addiction. According to state health department data, Carbon County has the highest rate of prescription overdose deaths in Utah. Many in the community know at least one person affected by this tragedy–for example, the Carbon County sheriff Jeff Wood lost a friend to opioid overdose in December of 2014. The CARE Coalition was founded to reduce and eliminate carbon addiction, and is comprised of community leaders including human services agencies, clergy, prosecutors, law enforcement, and health care providers and volunteers. This combined front feels that if they stick together, they can expeditiously achieve their goals of enhancing prevention, education, support, and treatment efforts.
In The News: A Community Pulls Together
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