Category Archives: Health Authority

OHA grapples with patients’ chronic pain v. opioid crisis

The Oregon Health Authority is considering a policy to severely limit chronic pain patients’ access to opioids through the Oregon Health Plan. Source: Pamplin Media Group – OHA grapples with patients’ chronic pain v. opioid crisis

Lake Billy Chinook health advisory lifted

The Oregon Health Authority lifted the health advisory related to harmful toxins on Lake Billy Chinook on Thursday. Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins in the Jefferson County lake are below state guidelines, according to a news release from the agency. However, state officials advise visitors to be alert for algae blooms […]
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Opinion: Oregon Needs to Care about Sick, Disabled Cannabis Patients 

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) has benefitted thousands of patients, but a recent report clearly demonstrates that too little emphasis has been placed on the well being of patients and they are unnecessarily suffering. Source: Opinion: Oregon Needs to Care about Sick, Disabled Cannabis Patients | The Lund Report

OHA considers limiting opioids from health plan

Growing concern over opioid addiction and overdose has prompted state health officials to create a proposal that would limit prescription opioids from the Oregon Health Plan by 2020. Source: OHA considers limiting opioids from health plan

Linn County bat tests positive for rabies

Public health officials are warning area residents to take precautions after a rabid bat was found in Albany. Source: Linn County bat tests positive for rabies | Local | democratherald.com

State lifts Lake Billy Chinook algae health alert 

The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday lifted the recreational use health advisory issued June 22 and expanded on July 11 to all three arms of Lake Billy Chinook, located about 12 miles west of Madras in Jefferson County. Source: State lifts Lake Billy Chinook algae health alert – KTVZ

Hope is on the horizon for local opioid crisis

In the local battle against the opioid epidemic, Kate Frame is the linchpin in bringing solutions together. Advanced Health was approached by the Oregon Health Authority, asking if it would facilitate a grant from the Center of Disease Control. According to Frame, this is not the type of grant Advanced Health has ever administered in […]
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Oregon Health Authority Issues Health Advisory For Fecal Bacteria At 2 Beaches

The state has issued recreational health advisories for Nye Beach and Sunset Bay State Park Beach on the Oregon coast. Source: Oregon Health Authority Issues Health Advisory For Fecal Bacteria At 2 Beaches

The War Wages On

Oregon will have 11 dedicated opioid treatment centers by 2019. Where—as a city, state and as a nation—are we in this raging opioid epidemic? The United States is being crippled by a growing—yes, growing—opioid crisis. There was a staggering 21 percent surge in drug overdoses in 2016, the last time the Centers for Disease Control […]
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Water main break causes more issues for mobile home park residents

The residents of a mobile home park in north Corvallis were without water again Monday after a water main broke, according to the division manager of the Benton County Environmental Health department. Source: Water main break causes more issues for mobile home park residents | Local | gazettetimes.com