US border agency says it's made biggest-ever fentanyl bust

A display of the fentanyl and meth that was seized by Customs and Border Protection officers over the weekend at the Nogales Port of Entry is shown during a press conference Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Nogales, Ariz. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the deadly synthetic opioid from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House has passed a proposal to create a committee to review drug overdose deaths.

The Deseret News reports that the measure would also create an opioid fatality examiner position and enhance state databases to help study the nationwide opioid crisis in Utah.

Republican sponsor Rep. Steve Eliason says opioid drug deaths dipped slightly last year to about 360, but the numbers are still far too high.

He says the data from the Opioid and Overdose Fatality Review Committee could save more lives.

The measure would cost about $145,000 in one-time money and $675,000 in ongoing funds.

It now goes to the Senate.

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