Jessica Floum

Audit: Oregon’s Program That Monitors Controlled Drugs Is Ineffective, Underused

An analysis by the Secretary of State’s Office found that a program that collects prescription information has loopholes that prevent it being used to stem the opioid epidemic.

The Oregon Health Authority adopted a prescription monitoring program in 2011 to help prevent the abuse of controlled substances like opioids and help ensure that prescription medicines are used safely. 

Health Officials, Advocates Urge Portland Mayor To Address Homeless Crisis

Oregon Health Forum attendees urged Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to immediately address public health crises such as hygiene, public defecation and exposure at a Thursday breakfast forum.

Community members, advocates and caregivers for the homeless urged Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to address the homeless population’s immediate need for hygiene services such as showers and porta potties in order to prevent a public health crisis.

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