Category Archives: Health Authority

Hundreds of chronic pain patients oppose opioid policy change

  A controversial, first-in-the-nation proposal would end coverage of opioids for chronic pain patients enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan. The public will have another chance to speak Thursday on a controversial, first-in-the-nation proposal that would end coverage of opioids for chronic pain patients enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan — the state version of […]
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Salem water crisis: What the after-incident report reveals

Salem’s drinking water crisis this summer revealed ineffectual communication within the city of Salem, compounding a public health emergency with a public relations disaster, according to a report released Friday. City officials failed to adequately communicate with their staff and City Council members, didn’t provide adequate information to the public when the drinking water advisory was first issued, lacked emergency […]
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Health advisory lifted for Cullaby Lake

A health advisory at Cullaby Lake has been lifted after testing found reduced levels of toxins from harmful algae. The Oregon Health Authority said cyanotoxins are below the recreational guidelines for human exposure. But the water in the lake near Warrenton is still unsafe for dogs or other pets. Source: Health advisory lifted for Cullaby […]
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Official: ‘Still no positive hits’ on algae

It has been more than a month, and cyanotoxins still have not been detected in the water systems for the City of Ontario. The last check-in with the City of Ontario’s public works department, CH2M, in early August, revealed that the city had received the same results. Source: Official: ‘Still no positive hits’ on algae […]
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Innocence Project | Josephine County | Life Expectancy | Smoke Summit – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A Redmond man who served over a year in prison for child sex abuse was released earlier this week after the Oregon Innocence Project helped find evidence to overturn his conviction. Five months after Josephine County sued the state of Oregon over state marijuana laws, a judge has found that the county has no standing to sue the state. […]
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Here’s why Oregon’s already low uninsured rate could be even lower

The already low number of Oregonians without health insurance could reach a nation-leading 1 percent if only more of the uninsured realized they were eligible for benefits, new survey shows. Source: Here’s why Oregon’s already low uninsured rate could be even lower – Portland Business Journal

Warning issueed about fecal bacteria in the ocean at Twin Rocks Beach

Higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria was discovered in the ocean waters at Twin Rocks Beach in Tillamook County. The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory for people in the area. People visiting Twin Rocks Beach should avoid direct contact with the water. Officials also advise people to avoid wading in pools of water on […]
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Suicide At Unity Shows Mental Health Center Has Long Way To Go

Two months after state investigators warned officials at Portland’s only psychiatric ER they could lose federal certification, a woman who was known to be suicidal killed herself. Hazardous conditions, inadequate patient oversight and negligence at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health enabled the suicide of at least one patient, an inspection report found. Source: Suicide […]
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Oregon Coast water advisory for D River Beach, Twin Rocks water

Officials are warning visitors to avoid direct contact with the water at two beaches on the Oregon coast. Health advisories were issued Tuesday by the Oregon Health Authority after high levels of fecal bacteria were measured in waters at D River Beach in Lincoln City and Twin Rocks Beach near the town of Rockaway Beach. Source: Oregon Coast […]
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Oregonians’ life expectancy varies by neighborhood

A new national report on life expectancy at the census tract level reveals that how long you live can vary widely, depending on the Oregon neighborhood you call home. Source: Oregonians’ life expectancy varies by neighborhood – KTVZ