Oregon Governor – 2018 priorities include addressing opioid overdoses

January 10th, 2018

Opioid overdoses

A multi-part attempt at addressing the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic in Oregon, Brown wants to take steps to require opioid prescribers to register for a state-wide monitoring program, create a peer mentor program and require an examination of ways to make addiction treatment more accessible.

Not all prescribers are registered with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which the governor’s office says limits the state’s ability to identify illegal actions or negative health trends. The state’s Opioid Task Force recommended making it a requirement was an important step.

The task force also recommended lowering barriers to accessing addiction treatment, so Brown’s proposal would require a report looking at that possibility with the goal of legislation to come in 2019.

Another aspect of this proposal that could grow later on is an addiction mentorship program. Four counties would initiate a pilot program for peer mentors to help addicts down the road to recovery. Most of these peers would be addicts in recovery themselves.