Federal Grant to Attack Prescription Addiction in Jackson County
A federal grant designed to attack prescription drug addiction has been awarded to Jackson County. The grant of $393,575 will be used to help physicians more easily access information from the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
The goal is to reduce opiate abuse in the Rogue Valley by developing protocols for the use of naxolone, or Narcan, which stops opiate-based drug overdoses. The grant will also help pay for public education related to the dangers of over prescribing narcotics, and will also pay for crisis intervention training for law enforcement.
Health officials say an average of 20 million painkillers are prescribed each year in Jackson County, and patients who seek help with addiction often wait for months to receive treatment.