In the state with the highest rate of meth use in the nation, the drug is driving severe mental illness among criminal defendants at the state psychiatric hospital, and patients elsewhere are paying the price.
Aug 2, 2022
The west plaza at Oregon State Hospital in Salem.
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How meth is sabotaging Oregon's behavioral health system
Read our two-part series about how — despite a windfall of new funding — the state has no plan to address the 'new meth' that is overwhelming behavioral health providers and inflaming ongoing crises across the state.
Anthony Caliend, 52, is experiencing homelessness in Ontario, Ore. He’s seen here sitting in the chapel at Origins Faith Community, where he receives free meals and peer services, on Oct. 13, 2022.
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The number of people in recovery hired to connect people to treatment is increasing, but the broken system in which they work poses challenges and risks.