Category Archives: Health Authority (OHA)

Report says Oregon needs separate agency to regulate pot, current oversight inadequate

Oregon needs a new agency to regulate marijuana rather than relying on three agencies, according to draft recommendations from a state commission. Source: Report says Oregon needs separate agency to regulate pot, current oversight inadequate

Seniors should get high-dose flu shots, Oregon study says

A high-dose flu vaccine has been shown to be much more effective at keeping seniors healthy, a study by the Oregon Health Authority says. The state public health agency collects data about flu hospitalizations every year. Researchers there tracked more than 144,000 Portland area residents 65 or older during last year’s flu season. Source: Seniors […]
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Ignored warnings endangered mentally ill Oregon man, father says

Virtually nobody who knew Samuel thought he was ready to move out of Pioneer Guest Home, an unlocked facility for mentally ill people in Enterprise, and into an apartment on his own. A complex set of medications kept his schizophrenia and diabetes under control. Caregivers made his food and made sure he tested his blood […]
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Moving Oregonians with mental illness out of locked facilities was the goal. But things didn’t go as planned.

A state effort to dramatically reduce the number of Oregonians with severe mental illness in locked facilities has been plagued by problems, including serious injuries to three vulnerable patients discharged to lower levels of care. Family members and advocates contend that the state and its private contractor have been too aggressive in denying individuals eligibility […]
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In mild pain after doctor or dentist visit in Oregon? Don’t expect opioids anymore

The Oregon Health Authority has released new guidelines for prescribing opioids to patients with short-term acute pain. The guidelines include advising doctors not to consider opioids for mild to moderate pain in patients who haven’t had past exposure to opioids. Doctors should also check on the patient’s history of substance abuse problems, educate them about […]
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Beer, wine ‘sin taxes’ won’t be part of state budget brew

Craft beer and fine wine are big business in Oregon, and they could avoid new taxes. Tax hikes on beer, cider and wine are “off the table,” Gov. Kate Brown said Friday. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Beer, wine ‘sin taxes’ won’t be part of state budget brew

‘Smoke from local wood stoves and other sources have combined to create unhealthy air’

Wind should start to clear smoke from the Willamette Valley starting Friday evening, but areas south of Eugene face stagnant air through at least noon on Saturday, weather forecasters and state environmental officials said Thursday. In Lane County, the Lane Regional Air Protection Authority on Wednesday issued a RED alert for air quality, prohibiting visible […]
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OHA ‘Salmonella’ parody Twitter account urges food safety

Nothing ruins a holiday gathering quite like an unwelcome guest, particularly when that guest is a bout of food poisoning. That’s what the Oregon Health Authority hopes to help Oregonians avoid this holiday season by sharing prevention messages through Salmonella, a parody Twitter account personifying the salmonella bacteria. Source: OHA ‘Salmonella’ parody Twitter account urges food […]
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OHA promotes safe food handling with parody ‘Salmonella’ Twitter account

Nothing ruins a holiday gathering quite like an unwelcome guest, particularly when that guest is a bout of food poisoning. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) hopes to help Oregonians avoid sickness this holiday season by sharing prevention messages through Salmonella, a parody Twitter account personifying the salmonella bacteria. Source: OHA promotes safe food handling with parody ‘Salmonella’ […]
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Tillamook County Wellness wins Oregon leadership award

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention (HPCDP) section along with the “Place Matters” Awards Committee announced their selection of Tillamook County Wellness for its 2018 Outstanding Organizational Leadership Award. Source: Tillamook County Wellness wins Oregon leadership award | Community | tillamookheadlightherald.com