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Gov. Kate Brown Takes 'No Action' on Addiction Crisis

Local treatment centers remain low in resources -- and high in wait times.

News by Donny MorrisonPosted on 10/10/2019

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Nearly 21 years ago, Portland native Danny Phillips broke his knee in a skateboarding accident. His left kneecap was all but shattered. The doctors prescribed him Percocet, which is the brand name for the pain-relieving mix of oxycodone and Tylenol.

Phillips was 12 years old.

"I remember telling my mom I lost the bottle so I'd get another one," Phillips says. "I got like, seven bottles from that one injury. They made me feel better. I didn't know what I was doing."

Phillips has struggled with opiate dependency ever since, unable to string together more than a year of sobriety at a time. He's insured under Oregon's Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan. But only certain drug treatment centers accept OHP, and they have only a limited number of beds.

So when Phillips, then homeless and hopeless, attempted to get treatment earlier this year, he was put on a waitlist. His bed would be available in three months -- if he could survive that long.

"I couldn't wait that long to be medically detoxed," Phillips says. "I ended up going to the methadone treatment center. I don't consider this recovery. I'm still taking opiates every day."

The lack of resources available to Phillips is the result of what Gov. Kate Brown called a "public health crisis" after issuing an executive order on March 27, 2018, detailing Oregon's need to address untreated alcoholism and substance abuse.

More than a year later, as resources for people experiencing addiction remain scarce, Brown announced to the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission that she plans on taking "no action" to end Oregon's untreated addiction crisis until at least 2021.

The decision was made public a week before Brown issued a temporary ban on flavored vaping products in response to two recent deaths.

It also came only 10 days after a report submitted to the Oregon Legislature by the Criminal Justice Commission stated that "Oregon now ranks among the most-challenged states in the nation for substance abuse and mental health problems, while at the same time ranking among the worst states for access to care."

Phillips tried to get treatment in Eugene last year at Serenity Lane, a nonprofit substance abuse center that offers both inpatient and outpatient services. He says that with his insurance, for inpatient treatment Serenity Lane required a down payment of $5,000 before he could be admitted.

Mike Marshall, executive director for Oregon Recovers, says that without action, Oregonians experiencing addiction and alcoholism will continue to die unnecessarily without access to affordable treatment.

"This is the single largest public health crisis in Oregon. Seven people a day die because our system can't treat them," Marshall says. "We're looking for somebody to take responsibility for building a new continuum of care, and no one else can do that but the governor."

While some treatment centers require large down payments, others aren't accessible at all to people outside the legal system.

Ashlei Fraser works at Emergence as a treatment court counselor, dealing with people who chose treatment instead of a jail sentence after a run-in with police.

"I want people to get treatment before getting involved in the legal system," Fraser says. "Having the court as your external motivator in the beginning is helpful. Then the idea is that they're with us long enough that it turns to internal motivation by the end."

Fraser says that access to poor long-term treatment is one of the biggest barriers to addressing the addiction crisis.

"We need to provide more money for health care providers so that they can do their jobs properly," Fraser says. "This is a system-wide failure that deserves a system-wide response."

Emergence patients sometimes wait two or three months for a residential treatment bed, Fraser says. Patients getting on the waitlist are often homeless and have no way of being contacted when their bed is made available.

When Phillips couldn't get into treatment, he joined a methadone maintenance program in Portland to avoid the withdrawals that occur from habitual opiate abuse. While OHP won't cover the cost of inpatient treatment, it will pay for detox and methadone maintenance.

Teri Morgan is the program coordinator for Springfield Treatment Center, one of the few methadone maintenance programs in Lane County. She says that a lot of the patients she sees either couldn't afford or couldn't wait for inpatient treatment.

"There are so many hoops to jump through in order to get qualified for treatment," Morgan says. "When we first opened, there was such a huge influx of people trying to make an appointment that there was a four-week wait to see a doctor. Now we have about a week turnaround, which is really amazing."

In the past few weeks, the Eugene City Council -- as well as those of Bend, Medford and Portland and county commissions in Lane, Jackson and Multnomah counties -- have supported Brown's 2018 declaration that untreated addiction was a public health crisis.

Last year more than 1,000 people participated in separate Walk for Recovery fundraisers in Bend, Medford and Eugene.

Stemming from the 2018 declaration, the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission was required to develop an official plan to address the crisis. It's scheduled to be completed in December.

Phillips plans to remain on methadone until after he can have another surgery on his leg that never quite healed right. Afterwards he wants to get into a residential treatment center. He's still searching for the type of peace that's evaded him since he was 12.

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    reform_referenda     cannabis     stimulant     narcotic     hallucinogen

incarceration/prison mentioned? yes .

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EXP - explicit prohibition propaganda (explicit_propaganda) GRP - hated group (propaganda_theme1) MAD - madness, violence, illness (propaganda_theme2)
SOC - survival of society (propaganda_theme3) USE - gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) KID - children (propaganda_theme5)
WAR - demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) TOT - total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) DIS - dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8)

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drug related
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drug policy illegal drugs harm reduction  
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drugwar propaganda
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propaganda theme2 propaganda theme3 propaganda theme4 Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate? (Bruce E Levine, 2012)
Classic Modern Drug Propaganda
Themes in Chemical Prohibition
Drug War Propaganda (kindle edition)
 addiction 60%
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"Addiction" "dependency"9Twelve-Step Snake Oil (2012)
Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers (Thomas Szasz)
Rat Park
Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied? (2014)
propaganda_theme2 : drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugsmadness, violence, illness

propaganda theme2 70%
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"Criminal" "injury" "motivation" "deaths" "problems" "health problems" "mental health problems" "accident" addiction8Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
No, marijuana use doesn't lower your IQ (10/2014)
propaganda_theme3 : drug war propaganda theme: survival of societysurvival of society

propaganda theme3 75%
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"public health" "the nation"4Survival of Society (propaganda theme 3)
The "Nation" as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd
 use is abuse

use is abuse
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propaganda_theme4 : drug war propaganda theme: all use is abuse, gatewaygateway, use is abuse

propaganda theme4
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use is abuse Use is Abuse, Gateway (propaganda theme 4)
 drug of abuse

illegal drugs
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various illegal drugs addiction narcotic  
 drugs 90%
[news] [concept]
various drugs  
 drug policy
[news] [concept]
"Drug Policy"
 harm reduction
[news] [concept]
methadone maintenance
Distortion 4: Harm Reduction
 methadone maintenance
[news] [concept]
"methadone maintenance"
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alcohol methadone opiate
 psychoactive pharmaceutical

[news] [concept]

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[news] [concept]
methadone opiate oxycodone  
opioid : opiate-like but synthetic drugsopioid

[news] [concept]

oxycodone methadone Managing Pain
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[news] [concept]
[news] [concept]
opiate opioid Managing Pain
opiate : a substance derived from the opium poppyopiate
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"opiate" "opiates"3Managing Pain
 alcohol 50%
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"alcoholism" "Alcohol"4Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site
Pot Threatens Booze Profits
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Managing Pain

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Tylenol liver damage
acetaminophen liver damage
paracetamol liver damage
Acetaminophen attenuates error evaluation in cortex (2016)
Acetaminophen Linked to Lower Empathy Levels (2016)

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"oxycodone" "Percocet"2Managing Pain
 various drugs 90%
[news] [concept]
 various illegal drugs 80%
[news] [concept]
"Alcohol and Drug"
DEA's Drugs of Abuse booklet
[news] [concept]
"jail"1Prison Hell in America (Stephen Lendman, Oct. 2011)
Understanding the U.S. Torture State
this is what a police state looks like
Torture and the United States and... drugs.htm
US Official Prison Policy: Encourage Men's Rape (2014)
Profit Driven Prison Industrial Complex (2012)
The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
Sing a Little Louder
Prison Rape Widely Ignored by Authorities
Push Back Against Drug War Profiteering with Jury Nullification
[news] [concept]
"school" "university"
 aggrandizing government

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"official"1Statism: the Most Dangerous Religion (2014 video)
What is Statism?
Conservapedia: Statism
Wikipedia: Statolatry
Bought Priesthood
Worship of the U. S. Government (2011)
Bureaucratic Thrust
Tyranny of Experts
The Threat of Authority (2012)
The Media As Enablers of Government Lies
The Statist Mindset (Jacob Hornberger, 2011)
Thinking Critically about Experts and Authority
'Scientific' evidence for FDA-approved drugs isn't so scientific, it turns out (2014)
The Intellectual Gravy Train (2015)
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msm 85%
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"fake news"1Mainstream Media
Michael Levine, Mainstream Media: The Drug War Shills
Mainstream Media: The Most Significant Threat To Freedom

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    msm concept - mainstream media - corporate, government controlled press: newspaper, tv, radio, websites; press associated with known intel ops such as, "Operation Mockingbird", "Mighty Wurlitzer", Tavistock Institute, etc.
    aggrandizement concept - terms of aggrandizement (of government)
    school concept
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    oxycodone concept - a type of opioid
    acetaminophen concept - Acetaminophen is a non-salicylate analgesic and antipyretic (pain killer and fever reducer). It is a common over-the-counter pain medication found in hundreds of products around the world. At higher doses it is known to cause liver-damage. (N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)acetamide)
    methadone concept - Methadone is synthetic opioid analgesic that is a mu-opioid agonist with actions similar to morphine. It is used in the treatment of dependence on opioid drugs.
    alcohol concept - ethyl alcohol for intoxication
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    euphoric_depressant concept
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    drugs concept
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    use_is_abuse concept - drug war propaganda theme: all use is abuse
    propaganda_theme3 concept - drug war propaganda theme: survival of society
    propaganda_theme2 concept - drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugs
    addiction concept - addition or drug dependency
    drugwar_propaganda concept - a drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, or theme
    drug_related concept - related to illegal drugs and prohibition