The Utah Pharmaceutical Drug Crime Project (UPDCP) was convened in January 2009 to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Utah. This multi-disciplinary collaboration invovled more than 60 experts in the fields of substance abuse prevention and treatment, law enforcement, environmental quality, healthcare, and public health.
In 2012, UPDCP changed the “crime” in the coalition name to “community” and because the Utah Pharmaceutical Drug Community Project, keeping the same acronym UPDCP.
In 2014, Intermountain Healthcare, a non-profit healthcare system and the lagetst healthcare provider in the Intermountain West, started the Intermountain Opioid Community Collaborative (OCC) to decrease the burden of prescription drug abuse, misuse and overdose deaths in Utah. Intermountain Healthcare developed a charter outlining the mission of the partnership, guiding principles, scope of the partnership, development teams and their functions, including subcommittees that overlap with UCOOP’s workgroups (Public Awareness, Provider Training and Patient Education, and Access to Treatment).
In 2016, the coalition changed the name to the Utah Coalition for Opioid Overdose Prevention (UCOOP) to broaden its focus from prescription opioids to all opioids that are affecting Utah’s communities. UCOOP is comprised of an Executive Committe and a Steering Committee with workgroups in the following areas:
- Access to Treatment
- Data and Evaluation
- Provider Training and Patient Education
- Public Awareness
- Public Safety