Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown will sign two bills into law and will issue an executive order aimed at tackling addiction, substance abuse and the opioid crisis on Tuesday at Lines for Life in Portland.
HB 4143, which she introduced to the legislature, focuses on measures to combat the opioid epidemic in the state. The executive order declares addiction and substance abuse to be a public health crisis in Oregon, and charges the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission (ADPC) with creating a statewide strategic plan around prevention, treatment, and recovery. A corresponding bill, HB 4137, requires the APDC to develop preliminary recommendations for the scope and framework of the plan and a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the full report this fall.
"Addiction is an issue that unites us all, as we feel the impacts of substance abuse every day, either through personal struggle, or through our families, friends, and colleagues," said Governor Brown. "We must break through the barriers of shame to provide the best possible treatments first and the most effective assistance now."
Prior to signing the bills and order, Governor Brown will meet with crisis line volunteers from Lines for Life, a nonprofit organization that helps prevent substance abuse and suicide.
Members of the media are welcome to attend. Those who plan to attend or need additional information should contact Kate Kondayen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 27
Lines for Life
5100 SW Macadam Aveue, Suite 400