MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County has one of the highest opiate death rates in the State, and health officials said that the number is on the rise. The Center for Disease Control reports that more deaths are caused from pain killers than heroin and cocaine combined. They also said they can be a gateway drug for less expensive drugs.
Jackson Care Connect, together with two local organizations, want to make getting help from these addictions easier. Officials at Jackson Care Connect said the expansions to Oregon healthcare allows more options for recovery treatment, including access to physicians without needing a referral.
“We have started to incorporate providers at the table and making decisions now with us about how we really integrate into the primary care setting,” said Jennifer Lind of Jackson Care Connect.
Jackson Care Connect has always provided drug addiction services for Oregon Health Plan members.