Task force to fight prescription drug abuse

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A new task force will fight the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Utah.

The number of deaths related to non-illicit drugs in the state doubled between 2001 and 2007.

Members of the Utah Pharmaceutical Drug Crime Project say they will work with federal law enforcement as well as public health workers to pinpoint where the drugs are being bought, sold or used improperly.

They also will launch a series of public service announcements warning people about the dangers of prescription drug abuse

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