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Governor Brown to ceremonially sign HB 3440
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown's task force to combat opioid abuse and dependency and will hold its first meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. Prior to the meeting, Governor Brown will ceremonially sign House Bill 3440 , a comprehensive bill that removes barriers the lifesaving overdose drug Naloxone, improves access to Drug Court, and prohibits insurance companies from requiring preauthorization for the first 30 days of medication as part of treatment.

“Across Oregon, the opioid crisis is tearing families apart,” Governor Brown said. “It will take the efforts of all branches of government, state agencies, advocates, and families to prevent Oregonians from becoming future victims of opioid misuse.”

Following the bill signing, Governor Brown will deliver opening remarks at the task force meeting. The task force is responsible for identifying and implementing efforts to address the growing opioid misuse and abuse across the state. The task force will prioritize improving access to effective treatment, eliminating barriers to obtaining and administering drugs for opioid overdose, and building pathways for individuals to participate in drug courts in lieu of incarceration.

Members of the task force are:

Judge Eric Bloch, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Alcohol & Drug Policy Commission

Joshua Free, Consonus Healthcare, Oregon Pharmacy Coalition

Tim Hartnett, CODA, Oregon Prevention Education & Recovery Association

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward

Dr. Katrina Hedberg, Oregon Health Authority

Dwight Holton, Lines for Life, Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Medications

Dr. Amy Kerfoot, Northwest Permanente, Oregon Medical Association

Aaron Knott, Oregon Department of Justice

Dr. Safina Koreishi, Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization

Senator Jeff Kruse

Dr. Paul Lewis, Multnomah County Public Health

Jeffrey Rhoades, Office of Governor Kate Brown

Dr. James G. Shames, Jackson County Health and Human Services

Representative David Brock Smith

Representative Jennifer Williamson, House Majority Leader

Members of the media who plan to attend or need additional information should contact Press Secretary Bryan Hockaday at or 503-580-7836.

Tuesday, September 19
2:30 p.m. HB 3440 Ceremonial Bill Signing
Governor's Ceremonial Office
900 Court St. NE

3 p.m. Opioid Task Force Meeting
Room 167A
900 Court St. NE


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