Michelle's Story

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.
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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—A Potential Lifesaver

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.

Understanding Pain

What to do about it in less than five minutes.