March 24 2019
SALEM, Oregon - Governor Kate Brown signed two bills and an order for new deadlines in regard to state drug policy commission dogged by staffing and other issues.
Brown signed Tuesday in Portland that declares addiction to be a public health crisis in the state and sets a timeline for the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission to deliver a plan to combat the problem. Brown had announced the order, which includes several intermediary deadlines and a 2020 due date, in February.
The move is the latest in a long effort to address substance abuse through the commission, which has struggled with staffing issues and cancelled meetings.
Two bills, also signed Tuesday, cover similar ground and require studying barriers to addiction treatment.
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