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“It’s a sad day in Oregon when the Legislature has an opportunity to address one of the largest Behavioral Health crises affecting our residents and does not give it the time of day.”

Teri Morgan, Oregon Recovers Co-Chair Teri Morgan

The Oregon House Behavioral Health & Health Care committee chose not to schedule a hearing for HB 3312, the Alcohol Harm Reduction Act by the Friday, March 17 deadline, effectively overlooking and killing the legislation.

Sponsored by Rep. Tawna Sanchez, Rep. Travis Nelson and Rep. Lisa Reynolds, the Alcohol Harm Reduction Act was designed to reduce Oregon’s alcohol addiction rate from 12% to 5% by temporarily and marginally raising beer and wine taxes to fund immediate access to detox and treatment, pay for primary prevention programs and provide law enforcement with increased resources to address Oregon’s addiction crisis.

Oregon’s beer and wine taxes are second lowest in the nation and have not been raised by the Legislature in over 40 years., according to Oregon Recovers.


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