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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. 

Advocates Push Lawmakers To Approve Drug Injection Sites To Save Lives

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A push is underway in Oregon to create safe sites for users to inject drugs.

Oregon Discourages Excessive Opioid Prescribing In Guidelines For Acute Pain

A state report on opioid prescribing guidelines for acute pain said prescriptions should be a last resort and limited in duration, to decrease chances of long-term use and addiction.

Oregon released guidelines Thursday that encourage providers to prescribe opioids for acute pain only when necessary and to limit the length of time that patients take the painkillers.

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