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OPB Examines the Effects of the National Opioid Crisis in the Northwest

OPB has launched a special reporting series that takes an in-depth look at how the national opioid crisis is affecting individuals, families, communities, and institutions in the Northwest.  

Opioid Crisis: The Ripple Effect” is part of a public media collaborative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). This national initiative includes reporting from ideastream in the greater Cleveland area and WXXI in Rochester, New York, who, like OPB, explore how their local communities are affected by the opioid crisis.  

The project also extends OPB’s commitment to providing public service journalism that illuminates how people in the Pacific Northwest are impacted by broader national issues.  

OPB’s opioid reporting is now available at These stories will also air on OPB Radio throughout the week beginning April 9.  

OPB’s coverage explores the following topics:  

  • Addiction management in prison
  • How doctors are taught to prescribe opioids
  • How cannabis is used in lieu of opioids for pain management
  • The opioid addiction crisis and black Portlanders
  • Living outside with addiction
  • Using virtual reality technology as a pain management method  

In addition to these stories, OPB will broadcast a special live radio show in conjunction with ideastream and WXXI about pain management and alternatives to opioids. Guests from our region include OPB Reporter Kristian Foden-Vencil and Dr. Alisha Moreland, along with doctors and patients from different parts of the country. “Opioid Crisis: The Ripple Effect” airs April 10 at 11 a.m. on OPB Radio.  

For more information about the larger public media collaborative “Opioid Crisis: The Ripple Effect,” which includes ideastream and WXXI, visit the Facebook event page. It features a collection of stories, reporting and information about the opioid crisis from across the country.  

Additionally, follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #opioids.

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