Tag Archives: Opioids

Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses, can save lives. Here’s why you should learn how to use it.

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. Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses, can save lives. Here’s why you should learn how to use […]
Read More »

Oregon pharmacists ordered millions of opioid pills, say they felt powerless to say no

Two rural Oregon pharmacies purchased more opioid pills per county resident than 99.9 percent of other pharmacies in the country, recently released federal data show. Howard’s Drugs, the only pharmacy in Lake County, ordered enough pain pills during a surge in the opioid epidemic for every resident to take 68 doses a year. Source: Oregon […]
Read More »

Why An Effective Opioid Addiction Treatment Is Not Stocked In Many Pharmacies 

It can be hard enough finding a doctor who prescribes buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. But patients also report difficulty with pharmacies that refuse to stock the drug. Louis Morano knows what he needs, and he knows where to get it. Morano, 29, has done seven stints in rehab for opioid addiction […]
Read More »

CDC awards Oregon $3 million to fight opioid epidemic

As part of its continued efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division more than $3 million to help advance understanding and improve prevention and response activities regarding the opioid crisis, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Tuesday. Source: CDC awards Oregon $3 million […]
Read More »

Oregon’s opioid crisis among the worst in the West

The numbers provide reason for both alarm and hope. Deaths from opioid overdoses in Oregon will rise 6.5% this year and again in 2020, according to projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s the highest expected increase among eight Western states: Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah. Source: Oregon’s […]
Read More »

As overdoses soared, nearly 35 billion opioids — half of distributed pills — handled by 15 percent of pharmacies

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. As overdoses soared, nearly 35 billion opioids. By the time Clinton […]
Read More »

The rural America death spiral

Opioids, falling populations, job losses and rising suicide rates. Many of the nation’s current pathologies are taking a heavy toll on the majority-white population living in rural America, which was severely impacted by the opioid crisis and has dealt with falling populations, job losses and rising suicide rates. Source: The rural America death spiral – Axios

Use of overdose antidote spreading in Central Oregon

Naloxone, now in every police vehicle, is used often. With the opioid epidemic raging in Central Oregon, saving a life using the overdose antidote naloxone is becoming a shared experience for firefighter-paramedics and police officers. “With the new drug epidemic, it’s becoming more and more prevalent than maybe people in the public know,” said Drew […]
Read More »

Oregon receives more than $7 million from HHS to combat opioid crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $7 million to Oregon to help combat the opioid crisis. Source: Oregon receives more than $7 million from HHS to combat opioid crisis

In U.S., 1 naloxone dispensed for every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions

Prescriptions for naloxone have surged in recent years, as communities struggling with opioid addiction have embraced the overdose-reversing medication. But a new federal report indicates uptake of the antidote is still lagging in much of the country. Source: In U.S., 1 naloxone dispensed for every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions