Meira Gebel
May 30, 2023 - Health

Fentanyl overdoses surge in Portland

Illustration of fentanyl pills forming an up arrow.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

A string of fentanyl-related overdoses in recent weeks has drawn attention to the drug's growing presence in Portland.

Why it matters: Illicitly manufactured fentanyl has fueled a significant increase in overdoses since 2019, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

Meira Gebel
May 25, 2023 - Politics

Oregon fertility treatment coverage bill stalls again

Illustration of a stork holding a fountain pen in its beak.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Despite bipartisan support, a bill that would require that some insurers cover fertility treatment has once again stalled in Oregon's Democratic-controlled Legislature.

Why it matters: Oregon's fertility rate is one of the lowest in the country. Twenty other states have passed a mandate for insurers to cover fertility care, according to Resolve: The National Infertility Association.

How transportation impacts health in Portland

Data: National Equity Atlas, IPUMS USA; Note: Race/ethnicity groups with insufficient data are not shown; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: National Equity Atlas, IPUMS USA; Note: Race/ethnicity groups with insufficient data are not shown; Chart: Axios Visuals

More than one in five U.S. adults without access to a vehicle or public transportation missed or skipped a medical appointment last year, according to a report by the Urban Institute.

Why it matters: While access to telehealth has reduced some transportation barriers, it's not available to all and can't replace in-person care for all medical needs.

Meira Gebel
May 22, 2023 - Climate

Record Oregon heat creates fuel for wildfires

A photo of downtown Portland from the Central Eastside, the sky thick with hazy wildfire smoke.

Remember this? Photo: Rebecca Smeyne/Bloomberg via Getty Images

May is Wildfire Preparedness Month, and in recent years, Oregon has seen a significant increase in the size of wildfires.

Why it matters: In part due to climate change, wildfire season across the West Coast has become longer, hotter and drier, resulting in devastating damage to public land and private property.

Portland allergy season lengthens with climate change

Data: Climate Central; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Pacific Northwest's temperate climate usually means allergy season arrives here earlier than the rest of the country. Not this year. Due to ample rain and late-season freezing temperatures, things are kicking into high gear right about now.

Why it matters: Allergy season in Portland increased by 26 days on average between 1970 and 2021, per an analysis from Climate Central, a nonprofit climate news organization, Alex Fitzpatrick and Alice Feng report.

Emily Harris
May 11, 2023 - Health

See which Oregon counties are healthiest β€” and why

Data: County Health Rankings; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

All three Portland-area counties scored high in an annual measurement of health outcomes by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

  • Washington and Clackamas counties came in first and third in the state, respectively; both outranked Multnomah, which came in ninth.

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