Sheriff focusing on drug epidemic in Cache County

LOGAN — Recently, a mother called 911 reporting her daughter had locked herself in a bedroom, threatening to commit suicide. According to reports, police found the girl unconscious, lying next to a bottle of prescription pills. The girl had cuts on her body, believed to be self-inflicted. Paramedics were called in and rushed her by ambulance to the hospital, where she is receiving treatment.

Sadly, incidents like this are becoming more prevalent for local law enforcement. It’s one of the reasons why Sheriff Chad Jensen said he felt it was time to start talking more about the drug epidemic in Cache County.

“We’ve always had drugs in our community, there is drugs in the country,” explained Jensen. “But it seems the last couple years there has been more prevalence of heroin in our community, as well as prescription drug overdoses, illnesses and problems in families because of the opioid problem that we have.

The Sheriff’s Office is hosting a free community event tonight to discuss the current dangers of drug abuse in the county. The conference will be held at 7 p.m., in the Mount Logan Middle School Auditorium.

Jensen said Generation Rx will join members of the Cache Rich Drug Task Force, speaking about drug abuse dangers and how to save someones life if they have overdosed.

“The Drug Task Force will be there and a great group, coming from Salt Lake that is really going to put the presentation on. They have done this several times throughout our state and they have got a bunch of great information for people personally, for families, for warning signs. It will be a great event, a great learning experience and a great education for those who want to attend.”

The free event is titled “Utah’s Opioid Epidemic,” and will also discuss how the drug Naloxone can be used as an opioid-overdose antidote.

Jensen hopes to see a lot of people in the Mount Logan Middle School Auditorium tonight as he and his deputies take a more proactive stance, in helping to fight illegal and prescription drug abuse. The conference will begin at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited.

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