Jamieson says doctors turning around opioid prescription issue

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The numbers are staggering. Dr. Jay Jamieson has faith things will get better. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Vital Statistics System mortality data, 44 people die each day in the United States as a result of prescription opioid overdose. The data shows there were 43,982 drug overdose deaths in this country in 2013. Of those, 51.8 percent (22,767) were related to prescription drugs. Statistics show drug overdose to be the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. in 2013. The numbers for 2014 were even worse, according to data posted in December in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: 47,055 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. Rates of opioid overdose deaths increased 14 percent in the one year. Opioids include drugs like heroin, which has been a key focus of the ongoing Chasing Dark series in the Keizertimes. Prescription opioids include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), oxymorphone (Opana) and methadone, as well as benzodiazepine. In the series of stories, several people interviewed pointed the finger at the medical community for prescribing opiate painkillers, an addiction studies have shown can easily lead to a heroin addiction. Jamieson, who has been a doctor for 36 years and came to Keizer Klinic – now known as WVP Keizer Clinic – in 1987, said fewer prescriptions are being given out by the...

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