House Committee Approves Bill to Study Drug Abuse and Withdrawl in County Jails

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2018

Contact:     
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1568 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov

House Committee Approves Bill to Study Drug Abuse and Withdrawl in County Jails

SALT LAKE CITY - Today the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Just Standing Committee voted unanimously in favor of  HB 410, “Alcohol and Substance Use Withdrawl in County Jails.”  The bill would require the Utah Substance Use and Mental Health Advisory Council to establish a workgroup, including various stakeholders, to study alcohol and substance use withdrawal in county jails, and report its findings to legislators.

Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, the bill’s sponsor said, “Utah leads the nation in per capita jail deaths. Some deaths may be from suicide, and others may be from drug or alcohol withdrawl. We need to learn more about the causes and implement policies to prevent them.”

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.


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