drugs

Breaking The Cycle Of Opioid Abuse

Aug 4, 2014
Wikimedia

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. 

The "New Approach" To Legal Marijuana In Oregon

Jul 15, 2014
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

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. 

Uses (And Abuses) Of Psychedelic Drugs

May 29, 2014
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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. 

Drug Abuse Deaths Stable In Oregon

May 12, 2014
Public Domain

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. 

From Drug Prosecutor To LEAP-er

Mar 12, 2014
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

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. 

California Senate Leader Opposes Legal Marijuana

Sep 27, 2013
Capital Public Radio Network

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.”

Beating Addiction: "Digging Holes in My Soul"

Sep 18, 2013
Dean Scholl

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