opioids

Yellow alert extended for Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — A yellow alert has been extended in Jackson County due to the longest period of accidental overdoses from illegal opioids. Jackson County Public Health issued the alert four weeks ago. They’re keeping it in place because of an …

Local doctor trying to alleviate opioid crisis

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A local doctor is trying to revolutionize the approach of managing patients pain while alleviating the opioid crisis. Doctor James Van Horne, an orthopedic surgeon in Grants Pass, practices using the the treatment plan called “Patient Optimizing, Opioid …

Decrease in opioid deaths in Oregon

ASHLAND, Ore. — Doctor Jim shames, the Jackson County Public Health officer says Oregon has made the most progress out of any other state in the nation when it comes to reducing opioid prescriptions and overdoses. Dr. Shames says the significant progress …

New drug on the rise in Jackson Co.

MEDFORD, Ore.– A new drug that has made it’s way into the Rogue Valley in the past couple years has law enforcement and health officials concerned about the potential it has to disrupt the community. It’s called fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that …

Oregon health care providers adopt new opioid Rx guidelines

Medford, Ore. — Oregon doctors say new guidelines for prescribing opioids will save lives. A task force recently announced it’s adopting the CDC’s guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. It includes its outline for evaluation, consultation and documentation. “They’ve spent years …