Fentanyl overdoses surge in Portland
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.
Oregon fertility treatment coverage bill stalls again
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
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.
Record Oregon heat creates fuel for wildfires
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
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.
See which Oregon counties are healthiest — and why
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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