WASHINGTON – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is taking the battle against the opioid crisis to the nation’s capital.
Brown testified Thursday in Washington, D.C., in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
The governor discussed Oregon’s statewide impacts and priorities when it comes to the crisis. She also addressed her recently passed legislation requiring a state agency to study barriers to effective treatment and recovery from addiction.
Brown said it’s a big issue with broad consequences.
“If we can make meaningful change in prevention, treatment and recovery from substance abuse, we can create better lives for our families,” Brown said. “We can see more success for our students in schools. We would lift a burden off of our hospitals and our law enforcement and our prisons.”
The issue is personal for Brown, who shared the story of her stepson’s battle against addiction.
Brown said she’s seen the damage opioids can cause and now is the time for action.