Tag Archives: Opioids

Overdose danger drops, but Jackson County officials urge caution

Jackson County health officials have lifted a yellow alert that has been in place warning the public of higher than usual nonfatal and fatal overdoses from illicit opioids such as heroin. The number of hospital emergency department admissions for illicit opioid overdoses fell to two patients last week — an average number for the area, […]
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Editorial: Cheri Helt is right to push two important bills

Maybe you didn’t vote for state Rep. Cheri Helt of Bend. Maybe you are a Democrat and have trouble supporting a Republican. But on Monday in the Legislature, Helt was being very effective testifying in support of two important draft bills likely to be introduced this coming session. Source: Editorial: Cheri Helt is right to […]
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Lawmakers Ready Bills On Prescription Drug Prices, Staffing Shortages

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another legislative session starting early next month, hoping to pass bills that would tackle soaring prescription drug prices, staffing shortages and a host of other issues. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Lawmakers Ready Bills On Prescription Drug Prices, Staffing Shortages

Commentary: Congress, don’t allow the ban on fentanyl-like drugs to expire

In 2018 alone, nearly 32,000 American men, women and children fatally overdosed on a synthetic opioid. One of the deadliest synthetic opioids is fentanyl, which is helping to drive our nation’s opioid crisis. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Source: Commentary: Congress, don’t allow the ban […]
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Opioid overdoses remain above average in Jackson County

The number of Jackson County emergency room visits for illicit opioid overdoses decreased last week following a recent spike, but the number of incidents still remains high, according to the Jackson County Public Health Department. Source: Opioid overdoses remain above average in Jackson County | Mail Tribune

Study finds opioid deaths are mostly accidental

Newly released data shows nearly all deaths from opioids are accidental. The analysis, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, puts a number on the death toll.It said more than 47,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2017, but in roughly nine out of every 10 cases, it was an accident. Source: Study […]
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Study finds opioid deaths are mostly accidental

Newly released data shows nearly all deaths from opioids are accidental. The analysis, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, puts a number on the death toll. Source: Study finds opioid deaths are mostly accidental

Clinic works to break down treatment barriers for opioid addiction

A local clinic is caring for those who need fast help to curb an opioid addiction by breaking down some barriers to a sober life. It’s a relatively new approach to shorten the path to recovery. Much of the progress starts in the pseudo-break room set up in the Internal Medicine wing of the Oregon […]
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Editorial: State right to hand out life-saving drug overdose kits

Oregon, like many other states, has an opioid problem. It’s taking a broad approach to improving the situation, with everything from a prescription drug monitoring program to increasing treatment options. Its latest effort is Reverse Overdose Oregon, a project that aims to teach Oregonians how to respond if they believe someone is suffering an overdose. […]
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Editorial: State veterinary board needs to step up oversight

The latest audit from the Oregon Secretary of State’s office looked at the way the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board monitors the controlled substances veterinarians both use in their practices and prescribe for their animal patients. To put it gently, the audit found serious problems with the current state of affairs. That said, the board […]
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