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.