Addiction Crisis Recovery Act
Oregon's Addiction Crisis
Proposed ACRA Amendment
As a compromise with the alcohol industry, Representative Tawna Sanchez has introduced HB 3377 which will require all stakeholders to come together to develop a plan to raise Oregon's rock-bottom alcohol prices to reduce harmful consumption and fully fund prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services in Oregon. You can still read the original ACRA bill by scrolling down.
Asking the Oregon Legislature to convene stakeholders to discuss, not “if” we should raise the price of alcohol, but “when” and by “how much” is the next right thing. Despite broad public support for raising prices, the alcohol industry--and the alcohol distributors who profit the most--will fight the idea of a bipartisan Task Force. We can’t match their political contributions but we can beat them with the support of you and everyone else who wants to end Oregon’s addiction crisis. Read about the proposed ACRA amendment below:
The Addiction Crisis Recovery Act (ACRA)
1. Reduce Addiction Rates by Reducing Harmful Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol is a toxic, addictive substance consumed by 70% of Oregonians. ACRA is designed to reduce harmful alcohol consumption amongst underage drinkers and binge drinkers--the two leading contributors to Oregon’s high addiction rates--by raising the WHOLESALE price of alcohol 20% and requiring minimum pricing of alcohol. Moderate drinkers and local manufacturers will not be negatively impacted by the price increase.
2. Fully Fund & Implement the ADPC Blueprint to End Addiction Crisis.
Raising the price of alcohol 20% will generate $746 million in new revenue, allowing Oregon to build a new system of care designed to reduce Oregon’s addiction rate from 3rd highest to 10th lowest. This legislation will require the following investments:
- Expand Prevention. ACRA will fund state prevention efforts 20% higher than the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended state prevention programs with the goal of reducing Oregon’s addiction rate from 3rd highest to 10th lowest within 5 years.
- Build A New System of Intervention. ACRA will shift the burden of engagement and/or intervention in an individual’s substance use from the criminal justice system to the healthcare system by providing healthcare, social service, education and criminal justice professionals with the education and tools needed to engage patients earlier in their addiction.
- Require Treatment-on-Demand. ACRA will eliminate waitlists for all ASAM levels of care by establishing a minimum level of evidence-based and/or culturally relevant local treatment modalities in every county/region.
- Construct A Recovery Support System. ACRA will increase sustained recovery rates 25% by building a statewide network of peer-led recovery centers, five recovery high schools across the state, collegiate recovery programs on every college campus and increased recovery housing opportunities in each county.
- Build & Strengthen Workforce. ACRA will generate thousands of new jobs and establish livable wages and healthcare benefits for all peer mentors and drug/alcohol counselors.
3. Hold Government Accountable to End Addiction Crisis
The magnitude and scope of this investment must be linked to a higher, more visible level of accountability and authority.
- Create Lockbox. ACRA will transfer all funds into a new “lockbox fund” called the Addiction Crisis Recovery Fund (ACRF) that can only be utilized to fund programs and services as called for in the biennial ADPC strategic plan.
- Strengthen Decision Making. ACRA will strengthen the authority of the ADPC by requiring that all funds in ACRF are directed by the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission (ADPC) and are utilized in alignment with ADPC biennial Strategic Plan recommendations.
- Increase Accountability. ACRA will require the Governor’s appointment of the Executive Director of ADPC be confirmed by the Oregon Senate.