The Bend Bulletin, Oct. 20, 2016 The abuse of prescription pain killers and illegal drugs has tripled the rate of opiate overdoses in the U.S. since 2000. Every day, 78 people die of heroin or prescription opiate overdose, a rate of about one person every 20 minutes. Yet, the nation’s capacity to treat opioid addiction […]
KVAL, July 13, 2016 The recent death of the musician Prince highlights a national problem with opioid overdoses, which on average kill 78 Americans per day. “We know that we have people dying from this,” Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health said. “We know that we have car accidents being caused by excess […]
From the Portland Business Journal, October 9, 2013 There are a lot of unsung heroes working in the trenches in Portland to help those who have fallen into opiate dependence. Alison Noice, director of addiction medicine treatment at CODA, is one of them. CODA is the oldest opioid addiction treatment program in Oregon, established in […]
From the Medford Mail Tribune, September 11, 2013 A methadone clinic that was forced to move from East Main Street has set up shop on Murphy Road, catching some residents by surprise. “I did not know they had moved,” said Jessica Meza, who brought her 6-month-old son, Victor, to the pediatric clinic across the street. […]
By Barry Meier, The New York Times, August 1, 2013 As doctors try to ensure their patients do not abuse prescription drugs, they are relying more and more on sophisticated urine-screening tests to learn which drugs patients are taking and — just as important — which ones they’re not. The result has been a boom […]
From the McMinnville News Register, June 4 2011 Last year, a single prescription drug killed 101 people in Oregon. No, it wasn’t the narcotic opiate oxycodone, dispensed primarily under the brand name OxyContin, or its cousin hydrocodone, under the brand name Vicodin. It was methadone, distributed under an array of little-known brand names. A pure […]
By Joe Rojas-Burke, The Oregonian, Monday, November 14, 2011 The epidemic of prescription painkiller overuse has led to a rising number of infants born with an opioid drug dependence. USA Today reports: “National statistics on the number of babies who go through withdrawal are not available, and states with the worst problems have only begun […]
From the Oregonian, July 3 1949. Not available elsewhere online. READ – Methadone – Boon or Menace? (PDF); from The American Weekly and syndicated in The Oregonian.