Tag Archives: Opioids

Opioid Summit Energizes Community Response

“Tillamook County is Number One!” Who doesn’t like to hear that statement about one’s community? There’s that sense of pride, and a feeling of accomplishment. Time for some applause and even a cheer, except when you are at a conference of 150 medical professionals and drug treatment experts, and the topic is the national opioid […]
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State AGs dangle $18B potential settlement, but fail to delay federal opioid trial 

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. They’re in talks with three drug distributors to settle state lawsuits, but have not involved 2,500 local […]
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New opioid prescribing guidelines reverse course on strict restrictions

The Department of Health and Human Services reversed course on its opioid guidelines this week and advised doctors that cutting off pain patients’ prescriptions suddenly could do more harm than good. The new guidance, published Thursday, stressed that that abrupt changes to long-term pain patients’ medication regimens could “put the patient at risk of harm,” […]
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Azar | President Trump is making progress on opioids

Since President Trump’s first day in office, and from my first day as his health secretary, our country’s opioid crisis has been one of our most challenging missions. But there were always sources of inspiration: We heard from the Americans on the front lines of the fight against addiction, and we set about bringing them […]
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DEA was ‘slow to respond’ to opioid crisis, inspector general review says

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was “slow to respond” to the dramatic increase of opioid abuse in the Unites States as the number of deaths significantly climbed, the watchdog office reports in a newly released review. The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General found that the DEA authorized large increases in the production […]
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Hermiston doctor on probation over opioid prescriptions

Following a complaint filed last year, Hermiston Dr. Bruce Carlson of the Urgent Care Clinic will no longer be able to treat patients with opioids for chronic pain unless they suffer from terminal illnesses. His clinic is still running, and he doesn’t plan to stop providing care anytime soon. Carlson was placed on probation by […]
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Oregon AG explains decision to reject opioid manufacturer settlement

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is explaining her decision to reject a settlement from an opioid manufacturer that could be worth a reported $12 billion, saying the settlement does not go far enough to compensate the victims, “for the harm it has caused to hundreds of thousands of Americans and their families and communities. ” […]
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State attorney general joins rally for recovery

Rosenblum stops in Astoria. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum pledged at a Jordan’s Hope for Recovery rally in Astoria on Saturday to continue the state’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. Source: State attorney general joins rally for recovery | Local News | dailyastorian.com

Lane County study looks at complexity in treating meth addiction

While work to face the opioid crisis had gained traction and garnered sympathy, improved treatment for meth users falls through the cracks — factors like lack of medical treatments, social stigma and the complication of dual usage make methamphetamine a particularly tricky addiction to combat. Source: Lane County study looks at complexity in treating meth […]
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Feds to spend millions battling opioid addiction in Oregon

New federals grants announced by Sen. Jeff Merkley, and by Oregon Health & Science University researchers. Oregon will get an injection of $7.8 million in federal dollars to treat and prevent opioid addiction, officials say. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Feds to spend millions battling opioid addiction in Oregon