From Oregon Attorney General Kroger on a prevention report submitted to the Governor:
When I ran for Attorney General, I called for a major improvement in the state’s alcohol and drug prevention and treatment programs. This issue is a major priority for me because substance abuse in Oregon causes crime, fuels child abuse, damages public health, destroys families, drives up state and local budget deficits, and limits economic productivity.
During the 2009 session, I asked the Legislature to create a state Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission to research and propose these reforms.
The report calls for:
The creation of a new state director of alcohol and drug policy to coordinate our currently fractured efforts and set clear priorities; The creation of a first-rate substance abuse prevention program to keep our kids off drugs and alcohol; Significant changes to delivery of drug treatment services in light of the national health care reform legislation; and The implementation of a standardized reporting system to measure program performance and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.
I am convinced Oregon can do better. If you agree, please take a moment to read this report. Creating a first-class drug prevention and recovery system will not occur overnight. It will take strong, consistent effort over many years. However, if our efforts succeed, we will see three important results: Less crime, state budget savings, and decreased human suffering. If you have comments or questions please do not hesitate to contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s the full report: