Special Reports

State to pour millions more into addiction treatment despite little proof it works

A hallway leads to patient bedrooms for the medically managed withdrawal program at Bridgeway, where patients can detox from drugs and alcohol, on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Oregon is poised to dramatically expand an addiction treatment system that already consumes millions of dollars each year with no clear results.

Oregonians passed Measure 110 last fall to take drug users out of jails and put them into clinics. That could move thousands of people into a system already clogged and lacking evidence it’s effective, an investigation . . .