Oregon's New Law: The Drug Addiction Treatment & Recovery Act
In November 2020, Oregon made history by voting overwhelmingly in favor of Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment & Recovery Act. The new law decriminalizes personal possession of small amounts of all drugs, while expanding access to addiction treatment and other health services.
This new law comes at a critical time; our state’s lack of addiction recovery services is destroying lives and exacerbating many of our state’s most pressing problems, like houselessness. The pandemic has only made things worse; nearly 40% more Oregonians died of opioid overdoses in 2020 than in 2019 while deaths from stimulants grew 21%, according to Oregon State Medical Examiner data.
The Drug Addiction Treatment & Recovery Act offers an innovative solution to help Oregonians and their families now, at a time when Oregon’s addiction crisis is growing at an alarming rate.
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Oregon Health Justice Recovery Alliance
The Alliance is the statewide advocacy coalition working to ensure that Oregon's new law is implemented fully and without delay, centering the needs of communities most harmed by the War on Drugs -- Black, Latinx, Native and tribal communities. The coalition represents more than 75 community-based organizations across the state with deep knowledge and experience working to serve and strengthen local communities: medical associations, culturally-specific organizations, labor, harm reduction and recovery providers and advocates, people in recovery and more.
Senator, District 24, Portland
Founder, Central City Concern; Retired Director, Mental Health and Addiction for the State of Oregon
Kelsey Priest, PhD, MPh
Opioid treatment and policy researcher
Executive Director, Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon