Spotlight: Fentanyl Crisis

On November 8, 2023, the Oregon Department of Justice hosted nearly 300 people from across Oregon in person at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Research Building and online, to listen, learn from each other, and break down silos … all in the pursuit of moving quickly and purposefully toward solutions to the fentanyl crisis in our state.

This community convening, called “No Time to Spare: Confronting Oregon’s Fentanyl Crisis” was held at a critical moment—with the Governor’s Central City Task Force underway, the new Joint Legislative Committee on Addiction and Community Safety Response addressing the fentanyl issue, and all of our presenters and attendees doing such important work in this area day in and day out.

What was unique about our convening was that we brought together law enforcement, service providers and medical providers. Across our panels and in the audience, we had members of law enforcement at all levels, officers from correctional facilities, prosecutors, medical and behavioral health service providers, state agency experts and attorneys, legislators, county commissioners, other representatives of state and local governments, education leaders, and business and community stakeholders.

I truly believe these types of gatherings have the best chance to make a difference—where we engage in a broader, frank discussion—and where we listen with open minds to each other—all in the pursuit of building a comprehensive system of equitable and effective healthcare for Oregonians, supported by the criminal justice system.

Thank you for attending and contributing to this important discussion. For those who could not join us, please take some time to review the agenda, recommended actions, and recording of the convening.

— Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

PowerPoint Slides

Recording of Event (below)

No Time to Spare! Confronting Oregon’s Fentanyl Crisis – A Community Convening Hosted by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

CONTENT WARNING: This video contains content that may be emotionally disturbing or triggering, specifically at 4:13:41 to 4:16:23 when a presenter discusses how to identify when a person has overdosed.