Jefferson Exchange | August 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Breaking The Cycle Of Opioid Abuse

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While much of the focus on illegal drug abuse went to meth and heroin, prescription drugs came along and became a huge problem. 

The opioids--Oxycontin and the like--are responsible for much of the illegal drug trade. 

And medical professionals have teamed up to curb the trade, through groups like the Opioid Prescribers Group in the Rogue Valley. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

The "New Approach" To Legal Marijuana In Oregon

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Signatures are still being counted, but it appears nearly certain that Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for personal use in the November election. 

New Approach Oregon is behind the campaign for the measure. 

It calls its approach "the new gold standard" for its careful construction: marijuana for users, taxes for government, prohibition for minors. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Uses (And Abuses) Of Psychedelic Drugs

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The "Psychedelic 60s" are way behind us, and Timothy Leary died a generation ago. 

But the class of drugs that fascinated Leary--psychedelics like LSD--still fascinate some people today. 

Research and reporting on psychedelics is on an upswing, and an "Exploring Psychedelics in Culture, Religion, and Science" conference is planned for Friday at Southern Oregon University. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Drug Abuse Deaths Stable In Oregon

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If deaths caused by drug abuse are dropping in Oregon, it's a very slow drop. 

The State Medical Examiner's office recently released its annual report on drug-related deaths, covering the year 2013. 

There was exactly one fewer death caused by drugs than the year before, but there are some bright spots within the numbers. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 13, 2014 | 9:00
11:13 am
Wed March 12, 2014

From Drug Prosecutor To LEAP-er

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Complaints about America's longstanding war on drugs are common. 

And some of the complaints come from people who were soldiers in that war. 

Inge Fryklund of Bend prosecuted members of drug gangs in Chicago and met opium growers in Afghanistan. 

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Drug Policy
6:20 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

California Senate Leader Opposes Legal Marijuana

California State Senate President Darrell Steinberg in 2012
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California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he doesn’t back the legalization of marijuana.  That’s despite a new poll showing majority support and a new voter initiative entering circulation for signatures.

Steinberg: “I’ve seen too many people that I grew up with ruin their lives as a result of using that drug and other drugs.  And I just don’t think we should legalize it.”

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Jefferson Exchange | September 19, 2013
11:54 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Beating Addiction: "Digging Holes in My Soul"

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Dean Scholl thought he was just living life to its fullest.

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