Recently our very own Dr. Inaba was involved with a news piece done by Jefferson Public Radio.
Like many areas in the country, southern Oregon is experiencing what public health officials describe as an epidemic of addiction to heroin and prescription opioidÂ pain relievers such as Vicodin andÂ OxyContin.Â One symptom of this epidemic has been a sharp rise in deaths by overdose.
The search for pain relief is turning respectable members of the community into drug addicts.
It's happened for years, since the introduction of the highly effective and highly addictive opioid pain killers, like Oxycontin and Vicodin.
Doctors are now trying to limit prescriptions to them, but that's sent some people turning to Heroin for relief.
JPR reporter Liam Moriarty researched the issue in a series of reports,Â "The Silent Epidemic."