Governor calls for statewide strategy to combat addiction

Agencies told to align priorities

Governor Kate Brown will declare a public health crisis in Oregon due to the growing prevalence and impact of addiction on Oregonian families, their children, and communities, stated a press release from the governor’s Salem office.


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At a rally hosted by Oregon Recovers, Brown announced an upcoming executive order requiring state agencies whose programs address addiction to align their priorities around prevention, treatment, and recovery.

The costs of addiction are often borne by Oregon’s children. Almost 60 percent of children in foster care have at least one parent with a substance abuse disorder, and more than half of the youth in the juvenile justice system enter with addiction issues or a dual diagnosis. Each year in Oregon, over 1,100 people die of drug overdose.

“The ripple effects of addiction devastate families, preventing thousands of Oregonians all across the state from living healthy, productive lives,” Brown said. “This crisis will only worsen without improving access to appropriate treatments, collecting data to drive our policies, and reducing stigma. Addiction is blind to circumstance, but is a root cause of other crises across the state, including foster care. To protect our most vulnerable, we must turn the tide on this treatable illness.”

Brown’s mandate will call upon the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission to reduce addiction and alleviate its impacts by identifying the most effective avenues of treatment and opening access to those treatments by increasing inter-agency cooperation and data-sharing. In addition, the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission will submit funding requests to the governor for inclusion in her December budget for the 2019-2021 biennium.

This expands addiction treatment efforts in one of the governor’s bills for the current legislative session, HB4143, which requires stronger regulation and support to address the opioid crisis.

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