Local TV Series on Pain Pills, Heroin, and Addiction in Washington County (May 2017)
Washington County’s Public Health Department just wrapped up a four-part series on the Community Matters local cable access show. Check the series out below! For more information, please contact Wendy Gordon, Washington County Health and Human Services Public Information Officer.
- Part One – An overview of the issue, featuring Deputy Health Officer Dr. Christina Baumann.
- Part Two – First responders’ perspective, featuring Cpl. Brad Davis from the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team and Shawn Wood with Metro West Ambulance.
- Part Three – Getting help. What treatment looks like and how to access it. Our guest is Dr. Eve Klein, medical director at CODA, a local addictions treatment provider.
- Part Four – A mother’s story. Angela Pettit is the mom of two sons, one in recovery, one still addicted to heroin. A must-see for parents.
Quarterly Meeting of Tri-County Opioid Safety Coalition Coordinating Committee (March 2017)
- Numbers of non-tramadol opioid prescriptions decreased
- Monitoring Impact work group will be convening
- Tri-County summit on coordinating a public health and public safety response to prescription and illicit drug abuse is in planning stages
- Clinician pain education efforts moving forward
- Oregon House Bill 3440 introduced
See the Meeting Summary for more information.
Opioid Public Information Campaign Evaluation (March 2017)
The evaluation of the Anyone PDX media campaign, which ran ads from Aug-Nov 2016, has been completed. Among the findings:
- >26 million impressions, or opportunities for a person to see or interact with an ad.
- Of 152 survey respondents, 75% had seen an ad about prescription pain pills and addiction.
- Of those who recalled seeing the ads, 26% would stop and think before taking prescription pain pills.
Visual summary of results
Oregon Leads the US in Inpatient Rate Increase for Opioid-Related Conditions (Jan 2017)
The rate of opioid-related inpatient stays increased in most States between 2009 and 2014, with the greatest increases in Oregon (88.9 percent), North Carolina (81.8 percent), and South Dakota (74.1 percent).
Expanding Access to Naloxone in Clackamas County (Jan 2017)
Clackamas County Corrections staff in partnership with Clackamas County Public Health will roll out their naloxone distribution project to clients of the Transition Center this month. Research has shown that individuals with substance use histories who experience a period of incarceration are at increased risk of overdose and overdose-related death upon re-entering the community. The Transition Center provides the perfect opportunity to screen clients post-release, educate on opioid addiction, and distribute naloxone kits to those who are at risk and transitioning back into the community.
In addition, over 50 parole and probation officers and staff of the Community Corrections residential drug and alcohol treatment program received naloxone training in November. Through these efforts, Clackamas County has been able to improve the infrastructure of naloxone access and rescue by expanding to an extremely vulnerable population and those likely to encounter an overdose situation.
–Apryl Herron, Public Health Program Coordinator, Clackamas County Public Health Division
Newly Released Oregon Pain Management Commission Legislative Report (Jan 2017)
Read The Oregon Pain Management Commission’s 2017 Legislative Report report on health care educational institutions’ curricula on pain and pain management, per the legislative requirement in Oregon Revised Statute 413.572