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Coastal File is a Public Affairs program produced by K-DOCK 92.9 FM in Coos Bay, North Bend Oregon.  Coastal File is produced to provide our listeners with information about local issues. Programming includes broadcasts of interviews with elected or appointed officials and relevant policy experts on issues of importance to the community, government meetings, legislative sessions, conferences featuring elected officials, and substantive discussions of civic issues of interest to local communities or groups.

March 31, 2018 – Opioid Crisis in Coos County


AUDIO: This week we talk to Rachel Stappler. Rachel is a Certified Physician Assistant who lives and works in Coos County. She is the Executive Director of Coos County Disposal Coalition and is a Reserve Police Officer with the City of Myrtle Point.


In 2017 there were over 60,000 Drug Overdose Deaths. 42,249 of those were from Opioids. Roughly 116 Americans die a day from Opioid Overdose.

  • 11.5 million patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.
  • Between 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder.
  • An estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin.
  • About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.
  • Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states.
  • The Midwestern region saw opioid overdoses increase 70 percent from July 2016 through September 2017.
  • Opioid overdoses in large cities increase by 54 percent in 16 states.
  • Emergency Room Visits and Deaths Related to Opioid Overdose Have More Than Quadrupled in The Last 15 Years and Continue To Rise.
  • The Misuse of And Addiction to Opioids—Including Prescription Pain Relievers, Heroin, And Fentanyl—Is A National Crisis.
  • The CDC Estimates Nearly Half of All Opioid Overdose Deaths Involve A Prescription Opioid.
  • Prescription Opioids, Also Known As Happy Pills, Percs, Vikes, Oxy have been found to be addictive

Resources:

Drug Take Back Program – Oregon Health Authority 

Get Smart About Drugs – Resources for Educators and Caregivers

Opioid Drug Abuse – National Institute on Drug Abuse

The Opioid Crisis – Whitehouse.gov

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