March 3, 2022
Man participating in a group therapy session

A health-based approach to drug addiction and overdose is more humane and effective than criminal punishments when it comes to treatment, recovery, and cost. Making people criminals because they suffer from addiction is expensive, ruins lives, and can make access to treatment and recovery more difficult.

The March session of Hot Topics in Practice will introduce public health professionals to the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, including why and how it is helping the health and well-being of Oregonians. Participants will hear from the Oregon Health Authority and a community-based organization working on the ground to support addiction treatment and recovery.

Oregonians recognized drug addiction and overdoses are a serious problem in the state and there is a need to expand access to drug treatment. As a result, voters passed the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act in November 2020.

Its purpose is to provide a health approach to drug addiction by removing criminal penalties for low-level drug possession, while also making health assessment screenings, treatment, and recovery services available to all those who need and want access to those services.

Better understand what a health-based approach to drug addiction and recovery can look like. Register today.

A Health-Based Approach to Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Date: March 29, 2022, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


Leticia Sainz
Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services Director
Oregon Health Authority

Sabrina Garcia
Former Tri-Chair Member
Oversight and Accountability Council

About Hot Topics in Practice

Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar forum to discuss issues affecting public health practice.

Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.