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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Deaths from opioid abuse reached an historic high in 2015, according to the CDC. (frankieleon/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the opioid crisis continues to haunt the country, communities are looking for ways to fight back. Opioid use causes about 91 deaths a day in the United States and resulted in an historic high of 33,000 deaths in 2015. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said tha

More people die from opiate overdoses than motor vehicle accidents, according to Dr. Safina Koreishi, medical director of Columbia Pacific CCO. (pixabay)
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SEASIDE, Ore. - More people die from opiate overdoses than in motor vehicle accidents, according to Dr. Safina Koreishi, medical director of the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization. Koreishi and other health officials held the North Coast Opioid Summit on Thursday in Seaside to address t

A new text messaging service could help people quit smoking in three Oregon counties. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Today is Kick Butts Day, and the next time your phone dings, you could be reading the text message that inspires you to stop smoking. Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization is offering a free service - aside from standard messaging rates - called Care Messaging, which sends

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill to make naloxone, a lifesaving antidote to opioid overdose, available without a prescription. (cohdra/morguefile)
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Three people die from prescription opioid overdose in Oregon each week, according to the Oregon Health Authority, and lawmakers in Salem are taking notice. The House Committee on Health Care is expected to hammer out during a work session today the details of a bill allowing pharma

Health checkups aren't top-of-mind for most Oregon teens, but getting more young people to get regular screenings is a statewide goal of the Oregon Health Authority. Credit: Mary R. Vogt/Morguefile.
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MEDFORD, Ore. – One of Oregon's state health priorities is getting more teens the regular preventive care that will help establish healthy habits in adulthood. But adolescents are busy, and some have to be convinced that it's OK to talk with an adult about their concerns. As a group, teens ma

Fewer Oregonians in hospital beds is one goal of the state's Health System Transformation campaign, and the latest Oregon Health Authority figures indicate it's working. Credit: Chad Hutchinson/iStockphoto.com.
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SALEM, Ore. - Health-care quality is improving for more people in Oregon, according to new figures from the Oregon Health Authority. Emergency-room visits are down 22 percent since 2011 among Oregon Health Plan members, according to the agency. The goal has been to get people to use Coordinated Car

PHOTO: On July 1, recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon. The process to create and implement regulations to sell it, however, will take about a year. Photo credit: greg346/FeaturePics.com.

SALEM, Ore. – A survey posted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) asks Oregonians how they want the agency to implement the state's new law on selling marijuana for recreational use. About 10,000 people already have shared their opinions by taking the online survey, and it's only

PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill

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