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Health department to study drug-related deaths

Health department to study drug-related deaths

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) --The Utah Department of Health says it will soon begin a yearlong study into why record numbers of people are dying from prescription drug overdoses.

Suicides also will be studied.

More people in Utah are dying from unintentional drug overdoses each year than are killed in motor vehicle crashes. In 2007, 317 Utahns died from drug-related overdose deaths that were classified as undetermined or accidental.

The department wants to use the results of the study to come up with new prevention efforts.

Researchers at the Office of the Medical Examiner will conduct as many as 600 interviews with the family members of drug overdose victims.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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