Jail Beds Reserved for Addicted Inmates

MEDFORD, Ore. — No start date has been set, but in the coming weeks, up to 24 beds at the Jackson County Jail will be used for addictions treatment. Josephine County also wants to get on board, and will be renting three beds for their inmates. Josephine County will pay $100 a day per bed … Continue reading »

Options for Addiction in Jackson County

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 … Continue reading »

Heroin: Heating Up, Part 2

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Heroin is attracting a wave of new, younger users. According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction, nearly half of young people who reported using heroin also said they tried prescription drugs. They started using heroin because it was cheaper and easier to get. One man who spoke with NewsWatch12’s Sharon … Continue reading »

Heroin: Heating Up, Part 1

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — “H”, “gun powder”, and “brown”: they’re all names for an illegal and powerful drug that’s moving through Southern Oregon in the hundreds of thousands of pounds. One man who spoke with NewsWatch12’s Sharon Ko wished to remain anonymous; we’ll call him John Doe. He’s not proud of his past. “I’ve been … Continue reading »