8 Patrice M. Arent
Mike K. McKell
Marie H. Poulson
Edward H. Redd
10 LONG TITLE
11 General Description:
12 This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor declares drug overdose
13 deaths in Utah to be a public health emergency and strongly urges Utah's Department of
14 Health, Department of Human Services, and Department of Public Safety to
15 immediately direct resources to address this crisis.
16 Highlighted Provisions:
17 This resolution:
18 ▸ emphasizes the importance of the lives of all people living in Utah;
19 ▸ recognizes Utah's high rates of overdose death compared to most states in the country;
21 ▸ strongly urges Utah's Department of Health, Department of Human Services, and
22 Department of Public Safety to recognize this public health crisis and direct resources to
23 reduce the number of overdose deaths in Utah.
24 Special Clauses:
27 Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
28 WHEREAS, the lives of all people living in Utah are precious and deeply valued;
29 WHEREAS, the Utah drug overdose death rate represents a public health emergency;
30 WHEREAS, the Legislature of the state of Utah and the Governor establish the priorities for
31 funding, the use of resources, and the actions of departments of Utah state government;
32 WHEREAS, Utah's rate of drug overdose deaths ranks fourth in the nation;
33 WHEREAS, Utah's rate of military veteran drug overdose deaths ranks first in the nation;
35 WHEREAS, the number of drug-related deaths in Utah exceed the number of deaths from
36 motor vehicle collisions and firearms:
37 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
38 Governor concurring therein, strongly urges Utah's Department of Health, Department of Human
39 Services, and Department of Public Safety to direct appropriate resources to reducing the number of
40 drug overdose deaths in Utah.
41 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Utah's Department
42 of Health, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Public Safety.