Oregon state, local agencies making changes to combat Fentanyl crisis
Too many Oregon families, including those of two Portland high school students earlier this month, grieve the loss of their loved ones to illicit fentanyl. Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, cheaper and easier to manufacture and more addictive. It also carries a greater risk of overdose. Given these concerns, the Oregon Health Authority is working to award measure 110 funding to substance use treatment providers statewide.
On April 19, 2022, the Big Village coalition hosted a virtual event on Fentanyl and Teen Substance Use. In partnership with Portland Public Schools, Multnomah County and Big Village held conversations and shared information about substance use and fentanyl. You can watch the recording here.