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Jamieson says doctors turning around opioid prescription issue

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 […]

Heroin: A devious liar with a powerful pull

Heroin: A devious liar with a powerful pull

By SAMANTHA NIXON For the Keizertimes Editor’s Note: In a recent Chasing Dark story, Elizabeth Smith talked about her daughter Sam Nixon’s struggles with heroin. This is Sam’s first person tale of what she went through and what she wants others to know about heroin. I’m sure people who have never tried heroin think, “Why […]

Getting a new perspective

Getting a new perspective

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Eric Peterson certainly had preconceived notions in his mind and figured they would be proven right. A few days after 22-year-old Brandon Crist of Keizer – the nephew of Peterson’s longtime significant other – died of a heroin overdose in late September, Peterson heard some of Crist’s friends would […]

Chasing Dark: Signs, tips and resources

Chasing Dark: Signs, tips and resources

In recent weeks, the Keizertimes has run a Chasing Dark series, looking at the growing heroin epidemic in Keizer. Links to full stories will be in a special section of the Keizertimes website (www.keizertimes.comhttp://keizertimes.com/category/chasing-dark/) this weekend. Throughout the series of stories, parents and law enforcement personnel alike have shared advice, tips and resources to help […]

Heroin: an issue that needs light

Heroin: an issue that needs light

By CRAIG MURPHY As we enter into the holiday season, we have been running a Chasing Dark series of stories here in the Keizertimes about drugs. Pretty crappy timing, no? Actually, no. Brandon Crist was just 22 years old when he overdosed on heroin in late September. His death was a key factor in doing […]

Drug use, deaths on rise

Drug use, deaths on rise

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Drug overdoses cause more deaths each year than car crashes and guns. That was one of several sobering details in the recently released 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary. The summary was produced by the Drug Enforcement Administration and written by acting administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “The trafficking and abuse […]

‘It’s a gift she’s still here’

‘It’s a gift she’s still here’

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Most of the time, Elizabeth Smith is a strong woman. Part of that strength comes from fighting for her daughter, Samantha Nixon, who nearly died of a heroin overdose in July 2012, to get clean. In order to help her daughter, Elizabeth had to learn dark truths and be […]

Meet Brandon Crist (1993-2015)

Meet Brandon Crist (1993-2015)

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Brandon Crist’s parents were going to kick him out of the house. The 22-year-old had once again been caught doing drugs. Though they loved him dearly, Jeff and Hollie Crist couldn’t let him live under their roof anymore. They never had the chance to kick him out. Two days […]

Harm reduction offers hope in increments

Harm reduction offers hope in increments

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Chris Gray is in the business of starting conversations with injection drug users. “Once someone engages you and says, ‘I want to use a clean needle,’ that’s the beginning of some sort of contemplation,” said Gray, harm reduction outreach specialist for the Benton County Health Department. The Benton […]

‘She did not want to die’

‘She did not want to die’

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If need be, Sue doesn’t mind being blunt when it comes to drugs. “If you gave people a loaded gun and told them to put it to their head, they wouldn’t do it,” Sue said. “But that’s what they do with heroin. It’s the same thing.” Unfortunately, Sue has […]

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