Tag Archives: Opioids

Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions, new data show

Opioid prescriptions and daily doses rose steadily starting in the 1990s, fueled by factors including marketing of new opioid pills such as Oxycontin. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwide. Source: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions, new data show

How The Opioid Crisis Could Lead To More Cases Of Liver Cancer In Oregon

The opioid epidemic is spreading a virus among people who share needles: hepatitis C. Doctors consider it a silent killer, and Oregon has a particularly high rate of the infection. Source: How The Opioid Crisis Could Lead To More Cases Of Liver Cancer In Oregon

ITT Students Graduate | Opioids Study – OPB’s Think Out Loud

When ITT’s for-profit colleges were shut down nationwide, hundreds of students in its nursing program locally were left in the lurch. But the state and Portland Community College came up with a special nursing program so many of those students could finish their nursing degrees. A new study from OHSU found that chronic pain sufferers […]
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Oregon Counties Hold First Joint Summit On Opioid Addiction

The three counties that make up the greater Portland metro area held a joint summit Friday to tackle opioid addiction, marking the first wider collaborative effort in the area. Politicians, district attorneys, sheriffs and health workers from Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties attended the summit. Source: Oregon Counties Hold First Joint Summit On Opioid Addiction […]
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Oregon’s Opioid Deaths Rate Drops As Numbers Rise Across The Nation

The death rate from opioids continues to increase across the U.S. But in Oregon, it’s actually decreased over the past few years — by as much as 25 percent. So, what’s Oregon doing differently? The death rate from opioids continues to increase across the United States. But in Oregon, it has actually decreased over the past […]
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Study: Despite decline in prescriptions, opioid deaths skyrocketing due to heroin and synthetic drugs

A study by the American Action Forum shows that when prescriptions dropped, cartels filled the void with heroin and fentanyl. Fatalities from heroin and black-market synthetic opioids skyrocketed while the nation saw a decline in the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions and the overdose deaths attributed to them, according to a study. The research from […]
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The Opioid Crisis Is Surging In Black, Urban Communities

Opioid overdose deaths among middle-aged black men have increased 245 percent in the past three years in Washington, D.C. The current drug addiction crisis began in rural America, but it’s quickly spreading to urban areas and into the African-American population in cities across the country. Source: The Opioid Crisis Is Surging In Black, Urban Communities […]
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Opioids And Marijuana – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that states with legal medical marijuana have lower rates of prescribing opioids. Dr. Katrina Hedberg of the Oregon Health Authority tells us what the study means for Oregon. Source: Opioids And Marijuana | Harbor Of Hope | The Lullaby Project | Soul’d Out Suit . Radio | OPB

Patients Embrace Medical Cannabis As Opioid Alternative — Without Guidance

Cannabis is legal in the Pacific Northwest, but doctors don’t regard medical marijuana as a mainstream treatment. Anyone who wants to use it to kick an opioid habit is on their own. Source: Patients Embrace Medical Cannabis As Opioid Alternative — Without Guidance

A good start in Oregon

Fighting opioid epidemic requires focus on prevention. The Oregon attorney general’s announcement last week of a $600,000 investment in fighting Oregon’s opioid epidemic was good news. But much more work is needed, focusing on prevention as well as treatment. The new funding comes from the settlement of a lawsuit Oregon brought against Medtronic, one of […]
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