Volunteers at various locations in Oregon and SW Washington collected unused prescription medicines in biohazard containers to prevent some prescription drugs from getting into the wrong hands or into a black market.
While take-back centers accept all prescription drugs, Opioide comes first for the public and legislators. They say that almost everyone is affected or know someone who is affected by the opioid crisis.
Brian Martinek, former police chief of Vancouver, learned firsthand what addiction can mean to a family.
2017, Martinek's son Taylor, At the age of 24, he died of a drug overdose. He had to fight addiction in the past.
"It does not discriminate," Martinek said, describing the opioid addiction. "Your socioeconomic status or your level of education or your level of income, or who you are or what you do, does not interest him."
Martinek described his son as a charismatic and unconditionally loving young man, someone who would do it would go into the room and make you feel good about himself.
"He was in many ways a special young man it was who he was, in a way I would like to talk about, but he was also a person in mental health and he could not overcome it, "said Martinek.
Taylor's story is not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control statistics, 1
At a drug detox in White Salmon, Congressman Greg Walden met with local law enforcement agencies to talk about prescription drugs. He called the opioid crisis "tragic".
"We have much to do at the federal level to change our laws, change practices and block fentanyl coming through distribution centers," Walden said. which represents the second district in Oregon.
Walden said that there are several factors leading to the crisis, and legislators will have to find several solutions to solve what President Donald Trump declared a public health emergency in 2017
the manufacturers and how the drugs are marketed and prescribed.
When asked who was responsible for the crisis, he said they would still investigate. He also said that there is not a single person or company to blame.
Next month, Walden says that the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which he is chairman, will host the CEOs of major opioid manufacturers. He asked how long it takes to see significant changes, Walden said it likely will take several years.
"I'm not sure it's something you'll ever win, I think it's something you always need to be aware of, it's going to continue, there's always going to be pain, it's always going to be Addiction, there will always be people who abuse analgesics, but we need to tighten them properly, "said Walden.
he went on to say "These are wonderful medicines for treatment [people with chronic pain] many of them are cancer patients." We must be careful here that we do not go so far as to prevent people from getting pain relief who really need it on the other hand, if you're a high school kid who gets a sports injury, should you really get one of these powerful addictive opioids? I would not do it. "
On Wednesday, Walden contributed to that over The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health passed on 56 bills to Opioide. Walden says the vast majority of these laws were passed with one vote, almost all
"We had 50 different members of Congress, from the most conservative to Nancy Pelosi, who presented to our committee in October and had ideas that became legislative proposals and Bills, "said Walden.
Brian Martinek He says he would prefer to remember his son as the loving young man and his beloved person, but just over a year after his death, he also wants to make sure another family is not the same has to go through like her.
Martinek says lawmakers and researchers need to learn more about addiction to cope with the opioid crisis. He said they also needed to treat them more seriously. If he talked to another family about opioids, he would tell them to talk about it, do not stay sil.
"When I get that message out and share its story with people and it saves a person, keeps a family from getting through what we did and what we are, then It's worth it, it's worth it to talk about it, but for me it's the way to keep my son's memory alive, "he said.