Mission

The Oregon Coalition for the Responsible Use of Meds (OrCRM) was launched at the behest of the Governor and Oregon Health Authority to convene regional summits to implement Regional Action Plans. This unique emphasis on regional action planning encourages variable approaches to the opioid problem to meet local needs.


2010

  • Initial Rx Summits (2010-2011)
  • Dwight Holton involved in summits as US Attorney for Oregon

2012

  • RX Summit convened by Gov. Kitzhaber (Dec. 2012)

2013

  • RX Summit convened by Gov. Kitzhaber (Feb. 2013)
  • Oregon’s NGA Task Force releases roadmap document (July 27, 2013)
  • Founding members of NGA Task Force begin meeting monthly (Sep. 2013) becoming OrCRM

2014

  • Dwight Holton joins Lines for Life as CEO, OrCRM’s Chair, OrCRM Manager hired
  • OrCRM begins meeting regularly Partners release Action Plan (Dec 14, 2010)

2015

  • 1st Summit: Eastern Oregon (Apr. 24, 2015; La Garande: n≃140)
  • 2nd Summit: Central Oregon & Gorge (Oct. 14, 2015, Redmond: n≃131)
  • OrCRM receives funding from HIDTA to support summits

2016

  • OrCRM receives funding from ODOJ
  • 3rd Summit: Lane (Apr 20, 2016; Eugene: n≃250)
  • 4th Summit: North Coast (Apr. 27, 2016; Seaside: n≃200)
  • 5th Summit: SW Oregon (Oct 27, 2016, North Bend: n≃310)

2017

  • OHA provides OrCRM funding for additional summits
  • OrCRM wins National HIDTA award (Feb. 9, 2017)
  • 6th Summit: Douglas (March 21, 2017; Roseburg: n≃140)
  • 7th Summit: Mid-Williamette Valley (September 22, 2017: n≃200)

About

The Oregon Coalition for the Responsible Use of Meds (OrCRM) was launched at the behest of the Governor and Oregon Health Authority to convene regional summits to implement Regional Action Plans. This unique emphisis on regional action planning encourages variable approaches to the opioid problem to meet local needs.

On September 19, 2017, Governor Brown held the first meeting of the Opioid Epidemic Task Force. Task Force members work on state level solutions to address Oregon’s opioid crisis. OrCRM’s chair, Dwight Holton, and other OrCRM members are part of this Task Force.

OrCRM’s Regional Action Plans include four core strategies:

Reduce pills in circulation through improved prescribing practices, use of the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, increased access to non-opioid therapies, and prescriber education

Better pain management by way of access to effective & safer alternatives to opioids for pain treatment by increasing benefit coverage & availability of alternative treatment services

Expand access to treatment for substance use disorders and wider naloxone distribution for overdose rescue through pharmacies, first responders, social service organizations & others

Improve public education on opioid risks and dangers