Naturopaths fill care shortage

Only two other states are on a par with Oregon in allowing naturopaths to prescribe drugs, which is key in being able to provide complete primary care.

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Only 15 states, including Oregon, license naturopaths, which means that in 35 states naturopaths can’t legally practice primary care, and are limited to providing alternative care.

On Jan. 1, a new state law granted Oregon naturopaths the authority to prescribe nearly all pharmaceuticals. Previously, naturopaths could not prescribe most synthetic drugs. Legislators passed the bill hoping it would lead to more naturopaths filling the need for primary care providers.

Read the full story in the Portland Tribune.

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