Rep. Walden Discusses the Effects of Opioids in Oregon

Representative Greg Walden was in Bend today to participate in a round-table discussion along with a commissioner from the Food and Drug Administration. Local law enforcement was also in attendance. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan attended the meeting, where the focus was on the nation’s opioid crisis and how this growing national problem has had powerful effects right here in Central Oregon.

How to Save a Life: Naloxone Available for Public Use

The death rate from opioids in Oregon has decreased by 25 percent in recent years and medical experts say education and awareness have been the keys to that decline.

Now, an Oregon mother who lost her son to an overdose is in Bend tonight to spread the word about a drug that can save the life of an overdose victim.

Julia is holding another training session at the Deschutes County Services building on Wall Street on Thursday night, but there is still time to get down to the training and get information on how to administer the Naloxone. You also get two free doses of the nasal spray version of the drug, which can run about $90 over the counter.

If you can’t make it to the training there are at least eleven pharmacies in Central Oregon that will fill prescriptions for Naloxone:

Addiction in Central Oregon

Representative Walden Discusses Drug Issues in Central Oregon

Representative Greg Walden was in Madras today to discuss substance abuse and addiction in Jefferson County and found that opioids are not as big a problem as other drugs in that area. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the roundtable discussion

You can reach out to Representative Walden’s office with any questions or feedback on any of the upcoming anti-opioid proposals before Congress by contacting Nolan Hern at Nolan.hern@gmail.house.gov or at 202-224-6730.

Trump’s New Plan for Opioid Epidemic

President Donald Trump unveiled his plan for fighting the nation’s opioid epidemic today. Parts of the plan have already received plenty of criticism, specifically a proposal for the death penalty to be applied to drug traffickers.

First Lady Melania Trump introduced the President in New Hampshire, a state then candidate Trump described as a “drug infested den,” but it was here that Trump announced his new plan.

The president’s initiative is getting the most attention for its crackdown on drug traffickers.
“If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers we are wasting our time,” said Trump, “and that toughness includes the death penalty.”

Trump also repeated his demand for a wall on the US/Mexican border, saying it will stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.

The White House is also taking aim at the health care industry and looking to stop the over-prescription of powerful and addictive painkillers. The White House’s goal is to reduce opioid prescriptions by a third within three years.

Trump invited Jim and Jeanne Moser to share the story of their sun, who died after battling an addiction that started with a prescription painkiller.

“He got hooked on it and had to go to the street eventually and found fentanyl,” said Jeanne Moser.
Trump’s plan also called for expanding the access to treatment for those already struggling with addiction.

The latest figured from 2016 show that opioids killed more than 42,000 people in the U.S.

To help counter this Trump is also declaring the need for a nationwide public relations effort to convince Americans, particularly children, to not start using drugs.

The White House announced a new website, crisisnextdoor.gov, that warns of the dangers of opioids, including fentanyl. Trump also called for broadcasting “great commercials” during “the right shows” that demonstrate to children “how bad” drugs are.

Crisis Causes Ripple Effects Through Deschutes Community

An average of three Oregonians die every week from a prescription opioid overdose, but it’s not just the families and loved ones who are affected, the epidemic has an impact on the entire community.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at the crisis through the eyes of the health professionals and law enforcement officers who battle it on a daily basis.

Bend Students Get to See State Government in Action During a Bill Signing

A new study shows opioid deaths have more than than tripled in the United States between 2000 and 2015. That’s why Governor Kate Brown launched a new Opioid Epidemic Task Force, which met for the first time this week to coordinate the efforts against the crisis at the local and state level.

Some eighth graders from Bend International School happened to be in Salem this week when Governor Brown ceremonially signed a new law to improve access to the treatment of opioid overdoses and addiction.

State Representative Knute Buehler Plans House Bills to Tackle Oregon Opioid Crisis

Opioids are often prescribed by physicians as painkillers, but Oregon has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid misuse in the nation. According to the Oregon Health Authority, in Oregon, opioids are becoming a source of addiction that kills an average of three Oregonians a week.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with State Representative Dr. Knute Buehler to discuss plans to tackle the opioid epidemic in Salem.