Population: 1.15 million
Salt Lake County is the largest county in the state of Utah. In 2017, there were 245 drug overdose deaths in the county. Of those deaths, 89 percent involved more than one drug, 66 percent involved at least one opioid, and 82 percent of opioid-related overdose deaths involved at least one prescription opioid. Enough opioids are prescribed in Utah every year for every adult to have a bottle. To better understand the opioid epidemic situation and guide strategic responses, the Utah Department of Health is developing a dashboard that will include, but not be limited to, death investigation, opioid prescription monitoring, EMS, emergency department, syndromic, vital records, all-payers claims, syringe exchange program service provider, and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS/NOW babies) case data. The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) will leverage this data to use as a foundation on which to build a county-level catalog of data. In addition, SLCoHD has created a Population Health and Informatics Bureau (PHIB) to directly support these efforts.
University of Utah Drug Endangered Child Committee