State fails to enact majority of recommendations aimed to stem opioid misuse, audit says

(Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons) As a deadly drug epidemic continues to rage in Oregon, state officials have only made a few changes recommended by the Secretary of State’s Office nearly four years ago to curb opioid misuse. That was the overarching finding of an audit released Wednesday of the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program,[Read More…]

Wyden, Merkley want wider access to abortion pills, help with interstate travel for abortions

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, Democrats from Oregon, speak in Portland in December 2021. (Ron Cooper/Oregon Capital Chronicle) Senate Democrats, including Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, are asking President Joe Biden to increase access to abortion pills and help patients obtain abortions in other states[Read More…]

Health care spending accounts for nearly one-quarter of household spending in Oregon, study says

(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Health care costs account for nearly one-quarter of household spending in Oregon, according to a new report from the Oregon Health Authority. The report, published this week, said that at 23% of expenses, health care is the single biggest household expenditure for Oregonians, followed by housing, utilities[Read More…]

AROUND OREGON: Loopholes, lack of staffing stymie transparency of Oregon’s drug pricing program

Prescription drug costs are often more than one 63-year-old cancer survivor in Portland can afford. She also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic conditions. While Medicare and Medicaid cover the majority of her care, copayments for life-saving drugs have cost her as much as several hundred dollars out-of-pocket at[Read More…]