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State plans to use $500K to combat opioid abuse in Oregon

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

It doesn't discriminate and it can affect any family. That's why the State is about to shell out a half a million dollars to tackle a state-wide epidemic involving a certain type of prescription drug.

The State is planning to use more than $500,000 to combat the opioid abuse in Oregon.

On Tuesday, Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum announced the new funding at a conference with health and state leaders.

This funding comes from the $1.1 million settlement reached between the Oregon Department of Justice and the pharmaceutical company Insys over the unlawful promotion of an opiate.

Oregon has made national headlines in the past as the second highest state for opioid drug abuse in the country according to the Oregon Medical Association.

One woman spoke about how she lost her son to a heroin addiction in 2011.

"What I learned is that heroin does not discriminate. It touches all families, it doesn't matter where you come from. Nothing in this world will bring Travis back but sharing my story certainly helps me in my grieving," said Michele Chisholm.

Chisholm said that she hopes everything her family has seen that her other son will be able to lead a healthy and sober life. She also added that she hopes the new good Samaritan law that will go into effect next month will help save lives.

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