SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – More than 20 Utahn’s die every month from an opioid overdose.
Dennis Checchini lost his son to an overdose back in 2015, and is now a committed advocate on Utah’s Capitol Hill. He stops by this weeks Inside Utah Politics to share his son’s story and to speak about what’s being done to help address the opioid epidemic.
One of those things comes in the form of House Bill 286, the Essential Treatment and Interaction Act. That passed last year.
“It gives all relatives an opportunity to gain legal status in court to help their adult children through this disease and it was a ground breaking bill,” said Checchini said.
He also talks about House Bill 127, the Controlled Substance Database Amendments Act and House Bill 366, the Substance Use Disorder Treatment amendment both of which he is heavily involved in.
“At some point we have to stop doing business as usual and start doing extraordinary things to save the lives of our children,” said Checchini.