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Oregon mother stumping for new law to take on opioid crisis

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Oregon lawmakers are currently considering two bills that could strengthen the fight against opioid addiction, and one local mother says a law like these may have saved her son’s life.

It’s been six and a half years since Jackie Jones lost her son to an opioid overdose, but she is very much still grieving.

Jackie’s son Jim was just 18-years-old and a senior at Canby High School when he died of a drug overdose. He took anti-anxiety medication, and when he got in a car accident, doctors gave him Vicodin for back pain.

Jim became addicted to the pills and had to go to rehab, and after that stint in rehab, Jones thought her son was better. Then one night, he took an opioid pill a friend gave him. It reacted badly with his anxiety meds and his heart stopped.

Jones wants lawmakers to pass two bills now being considered to save other moms from the same pain she experienced. Each would tackle different sides of the opioid abuse issue.

House Bill 2645 would put in place a statewide system of disposal bins at pharmacies for old or expired prescriptions.

House Bill 2518 would track doctors who overprescribe potentially dangerous drugs.

There is no word at this time on when lawmakers could vote on the bills, but the current legislative session wraps up in about two weeks.

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