Utah in 2007 had 546 people die from the use of drugs. It ranked higher than the number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents which was 320 and firearms at 253 deaths. In that same year in 2007, the top three most popular drugs for admissions into drug and alcohol detox centers was for stimulants which included meth placing first, second was marijuana, and third was heroin. The state of Utah according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), that same year had 3,263 discharges from drug and alcohol detox centers of which 716 finished detox, 342 relocated to other facilities, 1,094 dropped out, 206 were terminated and 905 for reasons unknown.
The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health's Annual report stated that in 2012, about 23 people died every month from prescription opioid use. The death rate since 2000 has increased over 400% from fatalities of pain medications. From 2011-2012, admissions to drug and alcohol detox centers increased to more than 700.
Utah is one of the few states that have a Per Se standard law that when someone is caught driving with any controlled substance in their system they can be arrested without a warrant. They also participate in the ONDCP's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign that helps with young people including Alaskan Native and Native Americans to inform their young regarding drug use and the damage it can do. They also help their youth with the Above the Influence program to inform and motivate them on how to reject drugs and alcohol.
Have you tried a drug and alcohol detox center? If not, then Utah has 110 of them in their state. If you feel that a 12 step program is not what you want, then there are non-12 step programs that may be your solution. It's very important that before you pledge yourself to a program that you research it until you have no doubts and all your questions answered. This will be a decision that will forever change you.
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