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Putting an End to Oregon’s Opioid Woes

It’s time for Oregon policymakers to stop whistling past the graveyard and fast track much needed legislation to end the opioid abuse epidemic, according to the author.

OPINION -- It will take more than wishful thinking and good intentions to end Oregon’s opioid abuse epidemic.

Physicians Focus on Curbing Opioid Abuse, Accidental Deaths

The Lund Report
Oregon's high rate of prescription abuse and reports of accidental overdoses nationwide have spurred conferences and discussion groups to change treatment protocols

October 8, 2012 -- In the 1990s, prescribing opioid painkillers for any patients besides those in the last stages of a terminal illness was frowned upon and could even result in censure, said Betsy Boyd-Flynn, deputy executive vice president of the Oregon Medical Association.

OMA Hosts Conference on Tackling Opioid Abuse on October 3

The Lund Report
Leaders from around Oregon join together to share solutions to a deadly problem

October 2, 2012 -- Oregon has the fifth-highest rate of opioid medication abuse in the nation. In 2009, drug overdose deaths exceeded motor vehicle collisions as the leading cause of accidental death for the first time.

Physicians have an obligation to manage their patients’ pain, but also to help avert the redirection and abuse of these very powerful therapies.

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