Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

Lyle Rudensey

People who use Oregon and Washington’s Death with Dignity laws have, for years, used a high dose of sleeping pills to end their lives. But that medication has skyrocketed in price over the last year. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald has this personal perspective of a family member choosing to end their life.

Lane County Public Health has recognized seven diverse organizations that went the “extra mile” last year to help achieve healthy populations.

From clean drinking water to vaccination campaigns, public health impacts all people in all communities. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Benton County health officials have confirmed an outbreak of norovirus at Oregon State University.


Oregon’s water is tested for suspended solids, certain chemicals, heavy metals, but not for pharmaceuticals. With prescription drug use on the rise --way too often-- unused meds end up in the landfill or flushed down the toilet. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on how Lane County agencies are stepping up their message of what to do with unwanted drugs.

The mother of a University of Oregon freshman who died last February has filed a lawsuit against PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. The suit claims the hospital was negligent in treating Lauren Jones who died of Meningococcal disease.

Recorded on: March 10th, 2016

Unable to air on KLCC due to length.

Better Health at Lower Cost: What's a Community to Do? The Social Determinants of Our Health.

Guest Speaker: Joshus Freeman, MD

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Tobacco Use Age May Increase to 21 in Lane County

Mar 2, 2016
Craig Daily Press

Soon smokers in Lane County may have to wait until age 21 to buy tobacco. County Commissioners backed a proposal Tuesday night to raise the legal age.

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State public health officials are still looking into an outbreak of norovirus that was traced to raw oysters from Yaquina Bay. Oregon Oyster Farms of Newport has issued a recall of oysters with sell-by dates of February 19th through March 8th.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene Mission is the only drop-in night shelter for homeless adults in Lane County. In recent years, the Christian organization has developed the “Life Change Program” to help people deal with addiction and other problems. It’s not easy.

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Kaiser Permenante officially joined Eugene's healthcare community in January, and since then, the provider has given $290,000 in grants to local non-profits, including two Latino programs.

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Oregon now ranks fourth in the nation for abuse and misuse of opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   U.S. Senator Ron Wyden was in Eugene today (Tuesday) to attend a Summit on chronic pain management and reducing prescription drug abuse.

“Like a wrecking ball.” That’s how Senator Wyden describes the way opioid addiction has hit Oregon.

Wyden: “During a five month period in 2012, 180-thousand prescriptions were written for opioids. That is a very dramatic challenge.”

The Child Center

The Child Center which provides mental health services for youth in Lane County is fundraising to pay for a new building on its Springfield campus.

Tiffany Eckert

As part of a community-wide plan to improve health in Lane County-- hundreds of residents from all walks of life-- got together Wednesday night to simultaneously vote on which health issues they consider top priority. Electronic votes were tallied and KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert was there for the results.


Eugene VA Healthcare Center Officially Open

Jan 16, 2016
Desmond O'Boyle

Veterans have a brand new facility to get healthcare in Eugene. After nearly ten years of delays, mismanagement, and funding issues, dignitaries and veterans formally unveiled the new building Saturday (yesterday).

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While the commercial Dungeness crab fishery is the most valuable fishery in Oregon, it’s also a very dangerous occupation. As crab season finally gets underway, researchers at Oregon State University are studying non-fatal injuries among crab fishermen and women.

Indoor Use Of E-Cigarettes No Longer Allowed In Oregon

Jan 2, 2016
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The use of E-Cigarettes, also known as vaping, is no longer allowed indoors in public places in Oregon.

The New Year brings more access to birth control for women in Oregon.
One law allows pharmacists to prescribe oral and patch contraceptives to women 18 and over.

Egan Warming Center

Update: Egan Warming Centers will activate on the nights of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. They're on standby through Monday, January 4th.

Egan Warming Centers

Rachael McDonald

On any given night, more than one thousand people are without a home in the Eugene/ Springfield area. Many of those are families, with school-age kids. Families can turn to St. Vincent de Paul’s First Place Family Center. With the help of more than 30 area churches, the agency can shelter families each night during the school year.

Rachael McDonald

Monday, some Eugene seniors got a surprise visit from Oregon’s U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. Wyden joined volunteers delivering Meals on Wheels for Food For Lane County.

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Lane County Health Officials are encouraging parents to take advantage of the holiday break by getting their children vaccinated.

Families have several weeks with no school, and for some parents, extended time off. Approximately 30,000 children aren't vaccinated in Oregon, and the primary reason is due to old religious exemptions.

Jason Davis is a spokesman for Lane County Health & Human Services. He says the State ranks first in the nation in allowing the most vaccine exceptions for children, and Lane County is in the top tier.

Rachael McDonald

Friday is the 7th anniversary of the death of Major Thomas Egan. The Army veteran froze to death on a cold night in Eugene. His passing inspired the creation of The Egan Warming Center which offers a warm place for homeless people to sleep on freezing nights.

Rachael McDonald

The first of two Dusk to Dawn homeless camps approved by the Eugene City Council will open Friday at the St. Vincent de Paul service station.

Tiffany Eckert

When a terminally ill patient decides to stop treatment or finds there are no other curative measures to take-- hospice is ordered. Often, the patient chooses to go home to die. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, hospice programs serve to alleviate fears and help the very sick on their final journey.

Rachael McDonald

The largest mental health facility in Lane County isn’t a hospital. It’s the county’s only nightly shelter for homeless folks. That’s according to Eugene Mission Executive Director Jack Tripp. Earlier this month, he took county leaders on a tour of the mission.

Mayors from western cities met in Portland this week to discuss issues like homelessness and affordable housing.

Rachael McDonald

At a meeting Wednesday the Eugene City Council and Human Rights Commission talked about ways to move forward to end the homeless crisis in the community.

Enroll by Tuesday for 2016 Health Insurance

Dec 9, 2015

Oregonians have to sign up for health insurance now to have coverage starting January 1st. The December 15th deadline is for those wanting to change their health insurance plan or apply for the first time.

Catholic Community Services

During the recent cold snap around Thanksgiving, Catholic Community Services of Lane County exhausted its supply of motel vouchers for families seeking overnight shelter. Efforts are underway to prepare for the next cold snap.

Jem Raw

A Bend company is issuing a nationwide voluntary recall of its nut butter spreads because they could be contaminated with salmonella.

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