Two Ashland men are dead in the past two nights from what police suspect are heroin overdoses. That makes three for the year, the highest number in three years.
Opiate drug abuse is an epidemic here in Jackson County. That includes the use of prescription medication like Vicodin and Oxycontin or similar types of pain medication. Two fatal heroin overdoses bring to light the issues for drug councilors who deal with some form of abuse on a daily basis.
Kolpia Clinical Supervisor Ernie Flores says it starts out innocently, people get a prescription like Vicodin of for their pain. they follow the prescriptions but eventually develop a tolerance which causes them to take more. so how does heroin play in? According to drug abuse experts, cost and availability. Pills can become hard to get and they cost more, while heroin can be found on the streets and for cheap. That's how it culminates.
While police search for details in these most recent deaths, come believe a solution can happen, and that it should start at the source of the prescription. With the medical professionals.
Police aren't sure if the two separate incidents are connected.
Below are some addiction resource centers.
On Track (541) 482-2041 ext. 253
Addictions Recovery Center (541) 779-1282
Kolpia Counseling Services (541) 482-1718