EUGENE, Ore. — Nearly 120,000 Lane County residents are plagued with chronic pain and many of them use opioids to manage that pain.
The Pain Consultants of Oregon hosted a seminar on prescription safety in Eugene Saturday with a focus on opioids. Both patients and professionals participated. Doctors say opioids can be a helpful tool, but the purpose of the seminar is to raise awareness of the risks associated with the pills, including abuse, addiction and death.
In about the last ten years, opioid addictions in the U.S. have increased by about 400 percent and deaths by about 125 percent. Oregon is in the top ten list of states that have the most issues with opioids.