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Florence Not Immune to Opiod Crisis; ODOT Talks Safe Routes for Schools; Debris Collection Day; Pot on Dunes City Agenda

Florence Not Immune to Opiod Crisis

There is an opiod epidemic in the US and it has not missed Florence.  Peace Health Medical Group, Medical Director Dr. Ron Shearer has been providing informational discussions about the severity of the problem and what can be done about it.  Peace Harbor has been educating patients about the options that are available through the hospital for controlling pain without potentially addictive medications.  Dr. Shearer said for some kinds of pain, specifically nerve pain it could be that movement is a good option.

“One of the best things that you can do for it is a regular exercise program that is low grade and just slowly increasing and when it gets to a point that it is seems to be helping maybe holding at that level and not trying to overdo it.”

Shearer cautioned that coming off opiods or opiates can be extremely difficult and should be done through the care of a medical professional.  He says a great place to start is with your primary care physician.

ODOT Talks Safe Routes for Schools

The Oregon Department of Transportation is working on providing safe routes to school by educating parents and students about transportation safety and bicycle and pedestrian programs that are available.  This summer ODOT has put together some town halls and webinars that discuss options on walking and biking to school and laws and rules as well as covering available resources and grant programs that are available to provide sidewalks, bike lanes and flashing beacons.  The next informational webinar for residents that might not want to travel to an actual meeting location will be on June 27th at 1 pm.  The session will last an hour and a half.  Follow the link for information on how to sign up for the progam: (

Debris Collection Day

A reminder that this Saturday is the yard debris collection for the city.  Saturday from 9am until 2 pm.  This is the last collection date where the city can accept Scotch Broom due to the flowers turning to seed.  Scotch broom is an invasive species in Oregon and the city does not want to spread the plant.  The collection site is at 27th and Kingwood and the city requires that all loads be tarped and secured.  A standard pickup load or small  utility trailer will cost 10 dollars with larger loads starting at 15 dollars and increasing.  This is for yard clippings only and not a trash disposal.  Tree clippings, leaves, grass clippings, weeds, prunings, and brush are accepted.

Pot on Dunes City Agenda

Dunes City Council will meet this evening at 6 pm at Dunes City Hall.  One of the items on its agenda will be a discussion of Ordinance # 247 which requires anyone interested in conducting a marijuana production operation or a recreational marijuana business to obtain a conditional use permit.  They have also announced a public hearing on the matter which will be on Thursday, June 28th.  Dunes City has also announced a FEMA workshop related to best management practices related to construction of residential structures.  That workshop will be on July 17th, from 8:30 until 4 pm at Dunes City Hall.