Tag Archives: Opioids

New study sheds light on drug use in Oregon

The national study shows high rates of combined opioid and methamphetamine use in patients seeking treatment for a substance-use disorder in Oregon. Source: New study sheds light on drug use in Oregon

Opinion: Incarceration won’t fix our drug crisis

I have lost my mom and three friends to opioid overdoses. I spent five years addicted to heroin, and I was sentenced to five years in prison for the overdose death of one of my best friends. Despite the era of mass incarceration in which we live, rates of drug use and overdose death continue […]
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Mercy Corps And NASA | Cannabis Research | Relief Nurseries – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The opioid crisis has hit the Tulalip Tribes hard — as it has many Native American communities. The Washington tribe has come up with a unique solution. They’re putting $2 million towards research on cannabis as a treatment for opioid addiction. In 1976, a group of community leaders in Eugene came up with a new […]
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Oregon OxyContin lawsuit remains on track amid massive settlement

Oklahoma on Tuesday settled a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over the OxyContin manufacturer’s role in the over-prescribing of opioids leading to a national spike in overdoses. The lawsuit mirrors one Oregon has against Purdue, alleging the company targeted the elderly with misleading marketing ploys Source: Oregon OxyContin lawsuit remains on track amid massive settlement | […]
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Purdue Pharma Settles Opioid Lawsuit In Oklahoma 

The maker of OxyContin will pay to settle a historic opioid lawsuit brought by the attorney general of Oklahoma. Will other drugmakers named in the lawsuit follow? The first of more than 1,600 lawsuits pending against Purdue Pharma, the maker of the opioid OxyContin, has been settled. The drugmaker has agreed to pay $270 million […]
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The war on opioids is saving lives. But it’s also killing people like me.

Though the government can regulate prescriptions for those in need, it cannot regulate pain. We had tried everything to stop the spread of my cancer. My doctor felt it was time for me to go home, get my affairs in order and say my goodbyes. “Get your Christmas shopping done early,” he said. “You have […]
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Independent Contractors | Taylor’s Law – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A bill would increase penalties for those convicted of selling a controlled substance which results in the death of the person who uses it. And another bill would change the definition of “independent contractor.” Oregon lawmakers could vote on a proposal known as “Taylor’s Law,” named for a 24-year-old named Taylor Martinek who died of […]
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The opioid epidemic has turned white grandparents into the new social safety net

American grandparents have long raised their grandkids when their children are unfit or unable to do so. They took over child care during the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, especially among African American families. Now grandparents are stepping up again, Census Bureau data shows. This time, the burden is largely shifting to low-income white […]
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New report highlights fentanyl overdose toll

Men are dying after opioid overdoses at nearly three times the rate of women in the United States. Overdose deaths are increasing faster among black and Latino Americans than among whites. And there’s an especially steep rise in the number of young adults ages 25 to 34 whose death certificates include some version of the […]
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State hits pause button on chronic pain proposal

Oregon health officials have delayed consideration of a controversial change under the Oregon Health Plan that could have forced many patients with chronic pain off opioids. While chronic-pain patients cheered the development as a sign the agency wanted to back off the proposal, early indications suggest the delay may be more of a speed bump […]
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