“The realization that we will be dealing with COVID-19 for some time, and other stressors related to jobs, school and social isolation, may increase feelings of anxiety and depression,” an expert said.
One measure that would raise tobacco taxes and tax vaping products for the first time has big money behind it; voters will also consider drug offenses and magic mushrooms.
Complaints and unannounced inspections at Portland’s psychiatric emergency hospital found a range of problems, including patient sexual encounters, an attempted suicide, Facebook livestreaming, escapes, nurse shortages and more.
More than 450 new cases of COVID-19 were seen in Oregon on Friday, the highest single-day total since the pandemic began.
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Some psychiatrists oppose Measure 109, which would allow the use of magic mushrooms in a clinical setting, though other doctors say Oregonians would benefit from it.
Recent recessions have left indelible fragility, and now the COVID-19 emergency and looming budget impacts are siphoning more funding from behavioral health.