The new health department, led by Gov.
Gary Herbert, has taken a hard line against prescription opioids, but has been mum on the impact that has on other drugs like heroin.
In a new policy, Utah Health Commissioner Robert Littman says that Utahns should stop taking them, even if they are prescribed for a condition like diabetes.
Littmann’s policy states that the use of opioids for the treatment of diabetes will no longer be considered for any other indication.
“It’s time to stop using these medications,” Littner said.
We’re not going to allow the state of Idaho to do what they’re doing. “
The state of Utah is not a drug abuse state.
We’re not going to allow the state of Idaho to do what they’re doing.
This is the wrong approach.
If we don’t stop this now, we will continue to see this happen in the future.”
The policy comes after a string of deaths in Utah involving prescription opioids.
Earlier this year, a man who used to take Vicodin to treat chronic pain died in his car in Utah after overdosing on the drug.
Another Utah woman, who also used the drug, died in November after overdosed in her car while driving.
In March, a Utah man died of a heroin overdose in Salt Lake City after overdoshing on opioids.
Utah is among a handful of states that have been trying to curtail the use and abuse of prescription opioids and other opiate-related drugs.
But Littmen’s announcement follows a similar policy in other states, including California, Maine, Oregon, New York and Vermont.
More: A few Utah lawmakers are trying to put pressure on Gov.
Herbert to change his mind about the policy.
A bill to change Utah’s policy is currently in the House of Representatives.
According to Littmans office, Utah was the second state in the country to take a hard stance on opioids last year, after Washington, D.C. Gov.
Jay Inslee signed a law banning the sale of prescription painkillers to people who had been prescribed them.
In October, Utah lawmakers passed a bill that made it a crime to knowingly buy, possess, administer or distribute a controlled substance.
It was also the first state in Utah to adopt a new drug abuse policy in 2017.
The new policy states: “Utah will not allow the sale or distribution of any controlled substance to anyone who has been prescribed a controlled substances medication for any reason other than a condition that a physician has determined should be treated with medication.”
The policy also says that people who are addicted to opioids are not allowed to legally possess or sell them, nor to have them in their homes.
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