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Principal Tasks of the ADPC

The Legislature has directed the ADPC to create a long-term alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment strategic plan for Oregon. This means that the appointed subject matter experts of the Commission will establish Oregon's priorities and policies for prevention and treatment services. The Commission invites collaboration in its work. All Commission meetings are public; stakeholders and their representatives are encouraged to attend regularly.

The particular tasks that the Legislature expects the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission to perform are described below, in the actual text of ORS 430.242(2-4):

"The ADPC shall establish priorities and policies for alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services as part of a long-term strategic prevention and treatment plan for this state.

The plan must include, but is not limited to, recommendations regarding:

  1. Capacity, type and utilization of programs;
  2. Methods to assess the effectiveness and performance of programs;
  3. The best use of existing programs;
  4. Budget policy priorities for participating state agencies;
  5. Standards for licensing programs;
  6. Minimum standards for contracting for, providing and coordinating alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services among programs that use federal, private or state funds administered by the state; and
  7. The most effective and efficient use of participating state agency resources to support programs.

The commission may:

  1. Conduct studies related to the duties of the commission in collaboration with other state agencies;
  2. Apply for and receive gifts and grants for public and private sources; and
  3. Use funds received by the commission to carry out the purposes of ORS 430.241 and this section.

The commission may adopt rules to carry out its duties under this section."

Ten Policy Goals

The Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission organizes its work around ten shared public policy goals:

  1. Reduce or eliminate the exposure of children to drugs*
  2. Reduce the use of drugs by people of all ages
  3. Reduce health risks and other harm to people who use drugs
  4. Reduce harm caused by people who use drugs
  5. Reduce the violence that often accompanies distribution and use of drugs
  6. Reduce the number of people in jails and prisons because of drug use
  7. Improve timely access to effective treatment services by people who use drugs
  8. Reduce or eliminate demographic and geographic disparities in enforcement and treatment
  9. Improve the value of drug use prevention programs supported by taxpayer funds
  10. Improve the value of drug treatment programs supported by taxpayer funds

* In this website, the term "drugs" is intended to include all forms of tobacco, alcohol, cannabis ("marijuana"), diverted or misused pharmaceuticals, other misused substances such as inhalants, and illicit drugs.