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A Single Mom, A Latino Immigrant And The Struggle Of Addiction Recovery

OPB | Sept. 30, 2017 2:16 p.m. | Portland

Some former addicts say catch-all services often leave people behind because they don’t meet the specific personal, cultural or geographical needs of addicted individuals.

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Police Prosecution | Wolf Compensation | Peer Support

OPB | July 17, 2017 noon

After Portland Police officers use deadly force, they may now have weeks before they are required to make a statement. Also, ranchers are being compensated for wolf attacks that may never have happened. And peer support is becoming more common for mental health treatment as well as drug addiciton.

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News Roundtable | Psychologists & Prescriptions | PPS Superintendent

OPB | July 14, 2017 noon

We discuss whether psychologists should be allowed to prescribe drugs, and hear from Portland Public Schools' board chair about their ongoing superintendent search. Also, our news roundtable takes up the week's big headlines.

Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Salmon, Dams And Climate Change | Drug Bill | Security Cameras

OPB | July 11, 2017 noon | Portland

A home security camera at a rental property stirs up legal issues. A reporter looks into climate change, dams and salmon. A Oregon bill reduces the penalties for drug possession. Also, we talk regional business news with Suzanne Stevens.

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CDC: Rural Counties Have Highest Opioid Prescription Levels In Oregon

OPB | July 6, 2017 2:50 p.m. | Portland

Counties in eastern and southwestern Oregon have some of the highest opioid prescription levels in the state.

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Measure To Legalize Psilocybin Proposed At Oregon Psychedelics Conference

Ashland Daily Tidings | May 31, 2017 2:03 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

While psychedelic drugs rose to prominence in the 1960s, attendees at an Ashland conference say the world would be a better place if the non-addictive drugs regained their footing in society.

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Trump Invites Controversial Philippines Leader To White House

NPR | April 30, 2017 11:56 a.m.

Trump had a "very friendly" phone call with Rodrigo Duterte, a leader accused of leading a mass killing of drug addicts in his country who also once called Barack Obama "the son of a whore."

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Talking Business | Grand Jury Transcripts | Concealed Carry Reciprocity | Medicine Costs

OPB | March 28, 2017 noon

The latest local business news, a movement to extend reciprocity between states for concealed carry permits, grand jury transcripts in the Quanice Hayes case, and an in-depth look at how pharmaceutical companies set the prices for drugs.

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Ill Oregonians Tell Lawmakers They Face Thousands In Drug Costs Every Month

OPB | March 3, 2017 1:34 p.m. | Portland

Oregonians struggling to pay for prescriptions that cost thousands of dollars a month spoke out Friday in support of a legislative bill to cap drug prices.

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Oregon Goes It Alone To Lower Prescription Drug Costs

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 10:52 a.m. | Portland

A large coalition of nurses, teachers, health advocates, unions and consumer groups are fighting to lower the cost of prescription drugs in Oregon.

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Oregon Law Enforcement Groups Support Lighter Drug Sentences

OPB | Sept. 27, 2016 5:08 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Two Oregon law enforcement groups say they'll support a change to how drug possession crimes are classified.

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Oregon Works To Reduce Pain Pill Prescriptions In ER

OPB | Sept. 22, 2016 1:41 p.m. | Portland

Oregon is trying to cut the number of pain pills handed out in emergency rooms.

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Wyden Says EpiPen Maker May Owe Taxpayers Money

OPB | Sept. 5, 2016 2:07 p.m. | Portland

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says the maker of the allergy drug EpiPen may owe taxpayers a lot of money for failing to reimburse Medicaid properly over the past decade.

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EpiPen Price Hike Gives New Life To Oregonian's Pharmaceutical Bill

OPB | Sept. 2, 2016 3:02 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader says headlines about spiraling drug prices have lent new life to his bill that would control medication costs.

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Northwest Politicians Feel Burned By DEA's Marijuana Ruling

OPB | Aug. 11, 2016 5:04 p.m. | Portland

Political leaders in Oregon and Washington say they’re disappointed with Thursday's ruling from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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OSP Accuses Former Crime Lab Scientist Of Stealing Pills

OPB | July 21, 2016 12:24 p.m.

Federal investigators allege that Nika Larsen used her position as a forensic scientist to steal pills from evidence submitted by law enforcement.

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Wyden Introduces Medicare Drug Cost Cap

OPB | April 28, 2016 10:25 a.m. | Portland

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill to stop Medicare recipients from facing out-of-pocket expenses of more than $7,500 a year.

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Obama Commutes Sentences Of 2 Oregon Men

OPB | March 30, 2016 1:02 p.m. | Portland

President Obama has commuted the sentences of two Oregon men. They were put behind bars for conspiring to manufacture meth.

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Could Free Meth Pipes Help Curb Drug Use?

OPB | Feb. 9, 2016 10:31 a.m.

The People's Harm Reduction Alliance (PHRA) launches a new initiative to distribute meth pipes to Portland drug users.

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Oregon Senator Seeks Different Way To Develop New Drugs

OPB | Jan. 23, 2016 9:33 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden wants to shake up the way we pay for prescription drugs, but did not go so far as to offer a concrete plan.