NEW STEPS TO COMBAT HEROIN, PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
Faced with a nationwide epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, President Obama announced that his office will take steps to increase access to drug treatment and expand training of doctors who prescribe opiate painkillers.
12 years ago, Michelle fell off a balcony and broke her neck. As part of her initial treatment, she was given opioids for pain. She was dependent on opioids for the next 10 years. Two years ago she was tapered off opioids completely and “got her life back.” Listen to her story.
See all the KOBI Videos about Oregon Pain Guidance
NPR - Heroin Epidemic in Southern Oregon
NPR reporter Liam Moriarty has a series of interviews with Dr. Jim Shames and other healthcare professionals about the alarming rise in heroin use and related overdose deaths. The addicts are not the stereotypes you might think. They are the professional next door. And many of them started by becoming dependent on opioids.
Naloxone can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of abusing heroin or prescription opioids, or accidentally ingesting too much pain medication. FIND OUT ABOUT NALOXONE (NARCAN) >>
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