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Special Report: Oregon’s Meth Epidemic Surges Amid Focus On Opioids

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The millions of dollars and countless hours that Oregon health officials have devoted to fighting the opioid epidemic in recent years have had an effect: Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers have fallen to a 14-year low. 

After Years Of Inaction, Oregon Tackles High Addiction Rates

With the fourth-highest addiction rate in the country, Oregon has one of the worst records nationwide when it comes to treating people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. But now the state is working towards a plan to change that.

Carrie Steinseifer Bates won three Olympic gold medals for swimming in 1984.

But in January 2012, the Tualatin resident wanted to die.

Jails Starting To Treat Inmates’ Addictions

Jails are a good place to intervene because 20 percent of inmates used heroin or opioids before being incarcerated.

At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails dispense only one of the drugs currently available.

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