Oregon Recovers was created by a coalition of recovery community leaders, treatment providers and addiction counselors with the goal of mobilizing people in recovery (and their friends and families) to advocate for the transformation of Oregon’s fractured and incomplete addiction recovery system. On Tuesday February 13th the organization held a Lobby Day in Salem Oregon, which Keep Oregon Well sponsored and showed up in full force with our Street Team volunteers!
Lobby Day’s goal was to have 100 people from around the state convene in Salem to advocate and educate. Specifically, in meeting with legislators, their volunteer teams:
1. Introduced Oregon Recovers to legislators as a new voice for the recovery community.
2. Educated legislators about the broad, destructive impacts of untreated addiction.
3. Advocated for the development of a recovery-based, continuum of care that recognizes addiction as a chronic disease which requires a lifetime of care
4. Advocated for HB4137-1 (“Addiction Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Strategic Planning Act” see talking points below) and HB4143 (Governor’s Task Force on Opioids Legislation).
The event gathered much media attention following Gov. Kate Brown’s announcement at the event.
Here’s the proclamation from the Gov’s office declaring that addiction is a public health crisis — the direct result of our taking action on Lobby Day!!!
Check out Gov. Brown’s speech below:
And here are some photos from the event: