Oregon Opioid Initiative
Oregon has one of the highest rates of non-medical use of opiate medications. 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. Since 1999, the amount of opiate prescriptions has quadrupled with no change in reported pain. In addition, a recent studyfound that over 90% of patients who have a history of opiate overdose received subsequent opiate prescriptions.
This is a public health crisis which needs to be addressed using a variety of modalities.