Dwight Holton is Oregon’s former U.S. Attorney and current Chief Executive Officer of Lines for Life, the leading suicide and substance abuse prevention non-profit in the Northwest. Lines for Life helps over 110,000 families a year with its crisis line services, including the Suicide Lifeline, YouthLine, Senior Loneliness Line and work with veterans on the Veterans Crisis Line and Military Helpline. Lines for Life also promotes healthy kids and communities through drug and alcohol awareness, youth and parent drug prevention education programs, advocacy and public policy.
Mr. Holton took the reins at Lines for Life after 15 years as a federal prosecutor, most recently as United States Attorney for Oregon. He prosecuted hundreds of federal criminal cases, including terrorism and violent crime, narcotics trafficking, fraud and environmental crimes. Through his work as a prosecutor, Mr. Holton learned the importance of early intervention and prevention strategies – and as U.S. Attorney, he launched efforts to improve access to addiction treatment and better mental health services. In 2010, Mr. Holton convened the first statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in the nation, inspiring nearly two dozen other U.S. Attorneys throughout the nation to follow suit. Holton convened leaders from the healthcare industry, providers, treatment specialists, law enforcement officials and educators to shed light on the epidemic of Rx abuse and build lasting solutions. Mr. Holton was selected as the first-ever recipient of the OHSU Pain Awareness and Investigation Network (PAIN) Award for his efforts to address the prescription drug overdose epidemic in Oregon.
At Lines for Life, Mr. Holton has led Oregon efforts to combat the opioid crisis and has added promoting mental wellness as a priority for the organization. Holton has also worked to carry Lines for Life programs and initiatives to diverse communities throughout Oregon – including a satellite YouthLine office opened in Central Oregon in 2018. Mr. Holton volunteers at his kids’ public schools, serves on the boards of the Southwest Community Health Center, Salmon Safe, and the Basic Rights Oregon PAC, and supports his kids’ myriad sports teams. Since 2002, he has taught classes at Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland.
Mr. Holton lives in Southeast Portland with his wife, Mary Ellen Glynn, and their children.