OHSU report finds flaws in Oregon’s addiction recovery system

ByShannon J. Cortes

Sep 26, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) — Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University reveal major flaws in the state’s addiction recovery system.

The report released by OHSU last week shows the state needs 4,900 addiction counselors but only has 2,800. It also says the state should have 470 residential treatment facilities, but it only has 187.

The report also found that Oregon has only 75 of the 103 detox facilities it needs.

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Shortly after OHSU released this report, Oregonians organized to shed light on addiction and recovery across the state. Some people gathered for “Oregon Walk for Recovery” at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland over the weekend.

Cathy McInnis attended the event. Her daughter died two years ago of alcohol addiction. Although Oregon ranks second in the nation for substance abuse, it is last in access to treatment. That’s why McInnis had to send her daughter to California for help.

“When you are 50th in access to treatment facilities, where is the help? Where are you going? They’re full, no beds, wait a week, wait two weeks, ‘call us back,'” McInnis said.

The OHSU researchers who wrote the report say they came up with a plan designed to fill the gaps in addiction recovery, but they say the legislature failed to implement it. Although they say the Measure 110 funding should help fill some of the gaps.

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Measure 110 is the 2020 approved ballot measure that decriminalized small amounts of hard drugs and provided more funding for addiction recovery.