This undated photo provided by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office shows fentanyl pills.

  This undated photo provided by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office shows fentanyl pills.

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office

 

  

  • We get opinion and analysis of some of week’s big stories from Amanda Manjarrez of the Latino Network of Oregon, Scott Bruun with Hubbell Communications, and KLCC news director Rachael McDonald.

 

  

  • Last week the Oregon Health Authority voted to remove a requirement that patients with neck and back pain taper off of opioids. The requirement had drawn criticism from chronic pain patients, Human Rights Watch and others. Dr. Dana Hargunani, Chief Medical Officer at Oregon Health Authority, and Dr. Kevin Olson, who chairs the committee that made the decision, join us to explain the change.

 

  

  • Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would significantly narrow the state’s death penalty statute. It would redefine the crime of aggravated murder, which is the only offense punishable by death under Oregon law. Just days after it passed the state senate, we hear two different perspectives on this bill from Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, and Marion County deputy district attorney Katie Suver.

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