This is one top ranking Oregon doesn't want. And the State of Washington is number three on the list.*
Prescription pain pill abuse is a huge concern, and Oregon has the highest rate of nonmedical use of prescription pain drugs. This category of drugs are often known by their brand names: OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, Demerol and others. These are opioids - synthetic versions of opium.
Because opioids cause euphoria, they have been associated increasingly with misuse and abuse.
And they carry a huge potential for addiction.
This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to work with talented, creative, passionate and open-minded teens who want to give back to their communities.
Teens met regularly to discuss the issues affecting the Portland community and then created short films to share what they learned with the public. The films premiere this month.
Students Creating Entertainment for Neighborhood Empowerment (SCENE) is as unique as the youth who named the summer program.
A new SAMHSA study shows the dramatic increase in prescription drug abuse, necessitating the need for more drug prevention efforts among teens.
Prescription drug abuse is on the rise...in the general population and especially, among youth.
Oregon Partnership is trying to get the word out that the call volume for the OP crisis lines from those dealing with addiction to pain killers and other opiates is now second to alcohol-related calls.
This is a relatively new occurance and a troubling one.
We met with KPTV(12) today about a half-hour special the station plans later in the year about this very subject.
And where do most young people get their pills? From their folks' medicine cabinets or from friends' parents' medicin
Who knew that fighting the war on drugs would begin in your own medicine cabinet.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly where we are today because it is too easy for prescribed prescription drugs to fall into our kid’s hands.
The statistics speak for themselves. All in all more than three million teens in the United States abuse prescription drugs.
This from the July 11 Join Together newsletter......A new report finds that the number of online pharmacies may be declining, but the vast majority still don't require customers to provide a prescription before ordering controlled drugs.
The "You've Got Drugs V: Prescription Drug Pushers on the Internet" report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) said that of the 365 websites that researchers found selling prescription drugs online, just two were certified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and 85 percent sold drugs without a prescription.
The conclusion by the New York City medical examiner’s office that actor Heath Ledger died from an accident resulting from the abuse of prescription drugs will hopefully bring more attention to this tragically growing problem.
Oregon Partnership is calling for heightened prevention and education to reverse the national and statewide trend of prescription drug abuse.
According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), Oregon ranks 8th in the nation for the non-medical