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Fentanyl Arrives In Region, Deaths Spike

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Lethal doses of Heroin, Fentanyl, and Carfentanyl

Heroin overdose deaths in Jackson County jumped early this year.  Ten deaths by the end of April equals the total of the previous two years combined. 

The spike raises the possibility that fentanyl, a strong synthetic opioid, has gotten into the local drug trade. 

Jackson County Health and Human Services tracks the numbers and looks for reasons; Asante Health System runs substance abuse prevention and treatment programs; Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction works to reduce problems with substance abuse on the North Coast.  We spend the hour catching up on issues in the region with Dr. Jim Shames from Jackson County, Hillary Handelsman from Asante, and Brandie Wilson from Humboldt.     

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.