'We're considered a high burden region for opioid use'

Western Oregon Advanced Health (KCBY image)

NORTH BEND, Ore. - While the Oregon Health Authority reports opiod misuse has gone down, health officials say it's still connected to a larger drug problem.

Advanced Health in Coos County says the decrease in opioid prescription deaths is connected to an increase in heroine overdose deaths since 2006.

They say community education is needed.

"We're considered a high burden region for opioid use," said Kate Frame. "It has a lot to do with socio-economic factors. Things like, we have a higher than average rate of adverse childhood experiences in this community. We have a high rate of mental health problems in this community."

She says town hall on drug trends will include a panel of law enforcement and medical officials to address the problem and available community resources.

The town hall is at the Mill Casino in North Bend at six o'clock on Thursday night.

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