Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness: Week of April 11

Quarterback Bo Nix’s check to benefit PeaceHealth’s young patients

■ Former UO quarterback Bo Nix recently presented a check for $13,400 to the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and 7-Eleven, that will give patients the care they need. Nix teamed up with 7-Eleven, in the fall of 2023 as part of the brand’s first-ever Cleat Crew, in which nine of the country’s top college football players came together to create custom cleats that were auctioned off to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Nix’s cleats sold for $3,400 and that money, along with a $10,000 donation from 7-Eleven, will be used by PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend to purchase life-saving equipment.

Prescriptions, deaths rose in 2023

■ Oregon Health Authority has released its 26th annual report on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), which shows an almost 30% increase in the number of prescriptions written for lethal doses of medication under the Act in 2023. Prescriptions rose about 29%, from 433 in 2022 to 560 in ’23, according to the report. Deaths from ingesting the DWDA medications increased by about 20%, from 304 in 2022 to 367 in ’23. The increase in DWDA prescriptions and deaths was driven in part by an amendment to the DWDA, passed in 2023, that removed the state residency requirement. The law no longer requires patients to be Oregon residents. All other criteria for participation remain.



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