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Thursday in Portland: Local pharmacist warns of 'misuse' of Ozempic weight loss drug

Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, March 23 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. OHSU pharmacist warns of 'misuse' of Ozempic weight loss drug

The use of Ozempic, a diabetes medication that helps with weight loss, has become a growing trend and medical professionals are warming that it may not be right for everyone. Doctors say the drug helps regulate appetite and blood sugar. Pharmacist Rita Parsiani, with Oregon Health & Science University, said it’s a safe drug to treat obesity, but it hasn’t been tested for widespread use.

“I feel that it is being misused recently,” Parsiani told KOIN. “In our society for those patients who may not have risk factors and be close to their normal weight. And we just don’t know what the implications or risks are for those populations.”

Parsiani said one of the biggest risks comes from people obtaining the drug through a third party and not a doctor or pharmacist. Experts also say people who don’t exercise or change their diet while on Ozempic will see the weight come back later.

2. Snow elevations near Portland this weekend, warm weather ends

Portland’s warm weather is coming to an end, as winter weather takes aim at parts of the Pacific Northwest. Colder-than-normal temperatures will drop snow elevations as low as 1,000 ft. on Friday. Any snow that falls near 1,000 ft. will be wet, meaning it will melt on contact as temperatures remain slightly above freezing.

Temperatures are expected to drop nearly 15 degrees in 24 hours in Portland. Lower-than-normal snow elevations are expected to last through the weekend, and warmer temperatures will slowly work their way back into the region next week. Luckily, temperatures aren’t expected to be cold enough to do any damage to freshly blooming trees and shrubs.

3. New list reveals top 5 dog names in Oregon

Thursday is National Puppy Day and studies have shown that Portland is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. Camp Bow Wow, the largest pet care franchise in North America, recently released its list of the top dog names, and Portland’s top five aren’t as unique as you might expect.

Oregon’s top dog name, Luna, is the number-one name in the country for the second year in a row. Luna was followed by Daisy, Loki, Lucy and Oliver in Oregon.

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