Rapid Access Center Opens

EUGENE, Ore. — When a person decides to get help with an addiction, experts say timing is crucial. And that’s why a new kind of treatment center officially opened its doors Thursday in Eugene. It’s called the Rapid Access Center and Medical Clinic. The idea is someone with a substance abuse or mental health problem … Continue reading »

Tackling Tobacco Trends

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Smoking trends from the past few years show many Americans are choosing to quit, but health officials say that’s not enough. They’re still pushing for a tobacco-free society. “I was diagnoses with COPD, and I immediately started in pulmonary rehab,” said former smoker Carol Brittingham Clay. Clay smoked cigarettes on and off … Continue reading »

Serenity Lane Breaks Ground in Coburg

COBURG, Ore. — Serenity Lane officially broke ground at its new location in Coburg Wednesday morning. Over the last 40 years, the current facilities have helped about 60,000 people overcome drug and alcohol addictions. The 15-acre property will double the available number of beds to 130, allowing them to help even more. “Those are numbers … Continue reading »

Serenity Lane Fights Drug, Alcohol Abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — It’s 7:30 on a Thursday morning in Springfield. The lobby and emergency room at the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center are deserted, all except for room 16–the designated ‘safe room’ where the drunk and the high can come down slowly. This morning’s occupant is a 72-year-old man intoxicated, depressed and exhausted. He has almost … Continue reading »

Oregon Lottery Cuts Ad Funding

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Lottery has decided to stop its efforts to promote help for gambling addicts. As a result, Oregonians will no longer be seeing commercials or like ads promoting help and treatment. Lane County Public Health representatives said while the ads are gone, the treatment options remain, but the Oregon Lottery’s decision … Continue reading »

Health Managers Push for Education

EUGENE, Ore. — National Public Health Week is in full swing, and Lane County health managers are pushing education. Each floor of the Health and Human Services Building has a special purpose dedicated to health of the community. Floor one focuses on basic health care. The first thing you see is the Charnelton Health Clinic. … Continue reading »