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HEART Team Highlights

HEART Team members secured over $60,000 in funding for programming across Utah with 2019 USU Extension grants. HEART will bring the following programs and resources to communities across Utah:
  • In Carbon & Tooele Counties, a Pain Education & Opioid Monitoring Program Pilot will educate individuals taking opioids for chronic pain on safety and alternative pain management strategies.
  • In 9 counties across Utah, the Informing the National Narrative: Stories of Utah’s Opioid Crisis project will be interviewing those impacted by the opioid epidemic in our state to discuss and reduce stigma as well as encourage recovery.
  •  Our new youth program series, Don’t Panic, Listen!  gives high school aged youth across Utah the opportunity to share their experience with substance use. Stories will be workshopped with professionals and shared on a live stage at Salt Lake Acting Company.  Email to start your journey in this program!

 Learn more by visiting our website here.

Did You Know? 

Naloxone is a safe antidote to opioids that has no risk of abuse and will not help or harm someone if they are overdosing on another drug. 

Contact your local Health Department for more information and how to locate a Naloxone or Narcan kit near you! Learn more about Naloxone and where you can locate it here. Your HEART Team members can assist you with locating Naloxone Kits and provide training. Contact: for more information.

Community Highlights
Heart Faculty Focus on Addressing Chronic Pain
and Reducing Opioid Dependence 

Chronic pain is different from acute pain, tending to last longer (typically 6 months or more) and may be stronger than expected for normal healing. The Center for Disease Control stated that more than 20% of Americans in 2018 were dealing with chronic pain. 

USU Extension and HEART faculty have partnered with agencies across the state, including Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health, and the Utah Department of Health to bring Living Well with Chronic Pain classes to underserved areas of the state.  The program is a free, six-week workshop using an evidence-based program proven to reduce pain.  Previously the classes had been offered in the more populous areas of the state, including the Wasatch front, Wasatch County, St. George, and Logan. 

HEART faculty member Dr. Maren Voss started the first class in Tooele on February 25 at the USU Extension Office.  HEART faculty have also helped stretch the program further south along the Wasatch front to Springville and soon Payson.  With so many suffering from chronic pain, this class is a community resource that can help people understand pain and choose safe options for dealing with it. 

Find more information or to find a class, click here.

Upcoming Events 
Carbon & Emery County
Opioid Substance Use Coalition Meetings 

First Monday of the month from 11 a.m. - noon, USU Eastern Student Center , Price, Utah
Save the Date!
Rural Opioid Summit 

USU Eastern, Price, Utah
July 18-19, 2019

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