Governor Kate Brown’s Opioid Epidemic Task Force is a statewide effort to combat opioid abuse and dependency. The Task Force consists of medical experts, drug treatment specialists, and government officials.  Their mission is to identify and implement efforts to address the growing opioid misuse and abuse across the state.

Among other things, the Task Force will prioritize reducing the number of narcotic pills in circulation, improving access to high quality treatment, facilitating data sharing and the promotion of cutting edge education efforts.

Members of the Governor’s Opioid Epidemic Task Force are:

Judge Eric Bloch, Multnomah County Circuit Court 
Since becoming a Circuit Court Judge in Multnomah County in 2003, Judge Eric Bloch has demonstrated keen interest, broad expertise and great compassion, regarding opioid-addicted individuals in our state’s criminal justice system.  Judge Bloch has supervised two of our state’s largest drug courts, he is a nationally recognized expert in drug court evidence-based practices, and serves as a reviewer of drug courts for both state and federal agencies. He currently serves as the President of the Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals, and after being appointed by the Chief Justice to serve as an ex-officio member of the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, Judge Bloch was voted by his peer commissioners to serve as the Commission’s Chair.

strong>Rob Bovett, Association of Oregon Counties
Rob Bovett currently serves as Legal Counsel for the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), where he primarily works on policy matters relating to governance, elections, ocean issues, and drugs. He previously served as the elected District Attorney (2009-2014) and appointed Assistant County Counsel (1992-2009) for Lincoln County,