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Oregon Opioid Overdose Prevention and Mis-Use
Oregon has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid misuse in the nation.
In Oregon, more drug poisoning deaths involve prescription opioids than any other type of drug, including alcohol, methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine. An average of 3 Oregonians die every week from prescription opioid overdose, and many more develop opioid use disorder.
Partners across Oregon are working to reduce this epidemic. We have made recent progress, but there is more work to be done.
· Gov. Brown signed House Bill 4124 on 4/4/2016, effective upon passage. Under HB 4124, authorized PDMP users will have more effective, timely access to prescription information in the PDMP system through integration with existing health information technology platforms such as the Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE). HB 4124 also expands access to naloxone by allowing pharmacists and certain health care professionals to prescribe and dispense naloxone, and permits certain employees of social service agencies to obtain and administer naloxone under specified conditions.
· A naloxone work group of state and county partners will re-convene April 25, 2016, from 11am-noon in Portland. The aim of this work group is to coordinate and align activities and policy work around naloxone access, reimbursement, and other related issues. This group will convene quarterly in Portland, with a call-in option. Please email me if you are interested in participating: email@example.com
Naloxone can save a life
Naloxone, also called Narcan, can very quickly restore normal breathing for a person whose breathing has slowed down or stopped because of an overdose of prescription opioids or heroin.
Naloxone only works for opioid drugs, including heroin, morphine, oxycodone (e.g. OxyContin, Percocet), oxymorphone (e.g. Opana), methadone, hydrocodone (e.g. Vicodin), codeine and fentanyl.
Oregon law allows lay people to carry and use naloxone on others
With a prescription and proper training, you can be prepared to save the life of someone in need. Ask your healthcare provider about naloxone if you believe you or someone you know may be at risk of an overdose.
It’s very important that you call 911 any time someone has a drug overdose. If you use naloxone, the effects are temporary and the person still needs medical attention. After the medication wears off, the person could fall back into a coma.
If you call police or 911 to get help for someone having a drug overdose, Oregon law protects you from being arrested or prosecuted for drug-related charges or parole/probation violations based on information provided to emergency responders. Read the law (pdf)
SAMSHA Opioid Information:
NDCI Fact Sheet on Prescription Drug Misuse
Understanding and Detecting Prescription Drug Misuse and Misuse Disorders
IN THE NEWS
Bend, Oregon Police use life-saving drug on man suffering from overdose
CDC releases guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Prescribing information by state and other resources