Addiction Policy Forum Launches Oregon Chapter to Help Oregonian Families Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

May 21, 2018 | Addiction Policy Forum
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Addiction Policy Forum Launches Oregon Chapter to Help Oregonian Families Impacted by the Opioid Crisis
State chair Ron Enright will spearhead statewide efforts
PORTLAND, OR. May 21, 2018 — The Addiction Policy Forum (APF) announced today the launch of its Indiana chapter, led by state chair Ron Enright. The chapter will focus on helping families in crisis and expanding prevention, treatment and recovery across the Oregonian state.
More than 21 million Americans are suffering from addiction. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 174 lives were lost daily to drug overdose in 2016—the equivalent of a plane crash every day. Oregon has been hit hard by this epidemic. In 2016, the state saw more than 500 deaths from drug overdoses, and opioids accounted for 62 percent of those fatalities.
“Leaders and families in Oregon have done a tremendous amount of work to address addiction in communities throughout the state, and we applaud their efforts,” said Jessica Hulsey Nickel, president and chief executive officer of the Addiction Policy Forum. “Earlier this year, we learned that 63,600 people died of a drug overdose nationwide in 2016, and more than 500 Oregonians lost their lives to drug overdoses in 2016. It is clear more services, treatment and support are needed to help those struggling with substance use disorder. We look forward to working with a broad group of stakeholders to stem the tide of addiction in Oregon.”
APF understands the need to provide families throughout the country with better resources as well as to help communities develop and implement targeted solutions to address the impact of substance use disorder. The Oregon chapter will work on education, prevention, treatment, recovery, overdose reversal and criminal justice issues to ensure the full spectrum of solutions is being deployed. The chapter will engage a wide range of stakeholders to create specific action plans, initiate new collaborations and deploy additional localized resources for the direct benefit of all Oregonians.
These efforts will be led by APF’s Oregon state chair, Ron Enright, who resides in Portland. Ron is a person in long term recovery himself and has been actively advocating in Oregon for several years.
“Addiction affects all of us here in Oregon, and we need to come together and tackle this epidemic head-on” said Enright. “I’m excited to work with a broad group of people, including public officials, community leaders and families, to implement APF’s strategic priorities in Oregon and develop solutions that meet the needs of people in our state.”
APF’s eight strategic priorities include:
  • Help Families in Crisis: Provide new, effective resources and support for patients and families in crisis. 
  • Expand Treatment Access and Integration into Healthcare: Through partnerships and research, develop resources, protocols and tools for physicians, healthcare systems and the workforce to integrate treatment of substance use disorders into healthcare.
  • Drive Discovery: Invest in research on how to treat, prevent and cure addiction and its related disorders. 
  • Expand Recovery Support: Properly prioritize and secure resources for the recovery support programs that individuals need in their communities. 
  • Prevention: Increase funding for and the number of prevention programs in Oregon and nationwide.
  • Protect Children Impacted by Parental Substance Use Disorder: Expand resources to support children who have a family member with a substance use disorder.
  • Reframe the Criminal Justice System: Partner with key stakeholders to re-envision how the criminal justice system responds to addiction.
  • Advocate and Educate: Intensify the urgency around addiction and mobilize bold action through advocacy and engagement.
About Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum (APF) is a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction and to improve national policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform. We envision a world where fewer lives are lost and help exists for the millions of Americans affected by addiction every day.
Addiction Policy Forum is headquartered in Washington, DC with state chapters throughout the country that are run by family members who have been impacted by addiction. Together, the national organization and state chapters will focus on the implementation of eight strategic focus areas, all of which are critical to ensuring long-term progress against substance use disorders at the national, state and local levels. Addiction Policy Forum’s national and state programs include: the Addiction Resource Center, “What is Addiction?” education initiative, Train the Trainer program, 174aDay awareness campaign and Spotlight Series.
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