Officials on Look-Out for Krokodil

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s called “krokodil”, a substance similar to heroin. It gives users the same high as heroin, but then attacks their body. There have been several cases already reported in the United States, and local health care providers and law enforcement are preparing if this drug hits Oregon. Emergency room Dr. Anna Akita … Continue reading »

Drug Reverses Narcotic Overdoses

MEDFORD, Ore. — Heroin overdoses in Oregon are increasing. During the critical few minutes after an overdose emergency responders have a rarely used drug that can actually save the person’s life. Mercy Flights says when it responds to overdoses, paramedics can reverse the narcotic effects using a drug called narcan. Narcan is a drug that … 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 »