Tag Archives: Opioids

Patients, Experts Warn That Plan to Cut Opioids Could Mean More Pain

Oregon is considering a proposal that would force Medicaid chronic pain patients to cut opioids entirely. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only Source: Patients, Experts Warn That Plan to Cut Opioids Could Mean More Pain

Fentanyl test strips lead to more caution among illicit drug users

Users can determine whether their heroin is contaminated and protect themselves against overdoses. Illicit drug users who are certain that fentanyl is mixed into the heroin they consume are much more likely to take precautions that reduce their chances of overdosing, researchers reported Wednesday in a small study. The survey examined the use of fentanyl […]
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The Health 202: How the opioids bill could halt exploitation of addicted Americans

Trump could sign the bill this week. Much of the 660-page opioids package President Trump could sign this week aims at expanding access to treatment and limiting opportunities for people to become addicted in the first place. But a five-page provision near its end seeks to protect drug-addicted Americans from a strange and particularly egregious kind […]
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Legislation takes wide aim at opioids

The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have approved legislation to deal with the growing opioid addiction problem that has affected communities throughout the nation. A conference committee will iron out differences between the versions passed in the separate houses before it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. Source: Legislation takes wide […]
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Walden’s bill to combat opioid crisis passes Senate

Ore. Rep. Greg Walden’s comprehensive legislation to combat the opioid crisis passed the Senate Wednesday, less than a week after receiving sweeping bipartisan support as it passed in the House of Representatives. Walden’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) passed the Senate by a vote of 98-1 Wednesday, bringing the bill one step […]
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Drug overdoses are spiking again

Jackson County has seen another spike in drug overdoses — but this time people are surviving because they are being given an overdose antidote in time. Jackson County Public Health issued an alert this week warning about the spate of overdoses. A particularly potent batch of heroin may be in the area, or heroin could […]
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Oregon receives $16 million to fight opioid crisis 

The federal government gave Oregon $16 million to use on tactics to fight opioid abuse. The money comes from a $1 billion effort spread among all 50 states. Oregon’s chunk will help make treatment more accessible and expand options, according to a federal release. Source: Oregon receives $16 million to fight opioid crisis | OregonLive.com

Feds Give Oregon $16 Million To Fight Opioid Epidemic 

The Trump administration is giving $16 million to Oregon to fight the opioid epidemic as part of $1 billion distributed nationwide. Source: Feds Give Oregon $16 Million To Fight Opioid Epidemic | The Lund Report

Bend physician links legalized marijuana to opioid epidemic

Analysis counters previous research. Several studies have found states that have legalized marijuana have lower rates of opioid overdoses. That has led many to speculate that broader access to cannabis could be a key to reversing the opioid epidemic. But a new analysis is calling that correlation into question and suggesting that legalization could be […]
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How to solve America’s dual pain and opioid crises

Here’s how to fix America’s painkiller problem — without leaving pain patients behind. This year, researchers uncovered a simple method for getting doctors to reduce profligate prescriptions of drugs like OxyContin and Percocet that have contributed to America’s opioid epidemic: informing doctors that one of their patients had died. In their study, which was published […]
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