1. We can’t wait for the Legislature
Secretary Richardson’s audit of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is eye-opening, but indicative of the way many of our state programs are haphazardly run. As a doctor, I understand how this crisis is fueling domestic violence, homelessness, child abuse, and crime.
In past legislative sessions Senator Steiner Hayward and I worked to improve the PDMP. In 2019, I will hold state lawmakers and Governor Brown accountable to address this crisis head on, taking the audit recommendations and making the program more robust.
Most of us know someone who is touched by addiction or has lost someone to substance abuse. Oregonians can’t wait for the Legislature to act… we need reforms and solutions now.
You can read the entire audit here or Willamette Week summary here.
Take a moment to click here and email Dr./Senator Steiner Hayward and demand action, encourage reform of the PDMP, and make sure the problems Secretary Richardson’s audit identified are resolved.
If you want to dig deeper into the causes of our opioid crisis, I recommend the book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by author Sam Quinones.