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Senators Wyden, Merkley discuss Oregon's opioid abuse crisis

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Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley met with Portland-area medical providers, advocates and victims of the opioid crisis on Tuesday. (Photo: KPTV) Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley met with Portland-area medical providers, advocates and victims of the opioid crisis on Tuesday. (Photo: KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon Senators met with Portland-area medical providers, advocates and victims of the opioid crisis in Oregon to hear their ideas about fighting the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.

Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were at Lines for Life to address the opioid crisis on Tuesday.

"Lets be very clear here, opioid addiction has hit Oregon like a wrecking ball," said Sen. Wyden.

Sen. Wyden said a recent study showed Oregon ranked the fourth worst state for opiate addiction.

Among the group speaking out, a mother shared her experience and hopes to start a non-profit in memory of her son.

"Somebody brought heroin and introduced my 17-year-old child to heroin. Who does that? You know as a parent, I never ever thought I needed to talk to my child about heroin but the drug dealers found an opening."

Sen. Wyden said they are taking a number of steps to combat Oregon's opioid crisis.

Tuesday's meeting was held to help them better understand why people are addicted and how to help.

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