Location: RM 271
Persons in Recovery from Opioid Use Disorders
OPIOID AND OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
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09:33 AM -- Persons in Recovery from Opioid Use Disorders
09:33 AM -- Representative Pettersen called the meeting to order and reviewed the meeting agenda (Attachment A).
09:37 AM -- Marie Archambault, representing herself, spoke about her recovery experience. She discussed her first experience with heroin, living with addiction, methadone treatment, and the process by which she went through detoxification and recovery. She also spoke about losing and regaining custody of her child, as well as about people she knew who perished because of their addiction. Committee members asked Ms. Archambault about her recovery experience.
09:55 AM -- Blair Hubbard, representing herself, spoke about her recovery experience. She described her initial experience with prescription opioids as the result of a medical procedure, transitioning to heroin, health problems she experienced as a consequence of heroin use, and benefiting from medication-assisted treatment. She spoke about her recovery, including receiving a master's degree.
Representative Singer asked Ms. Hubbard and Ms. Archambault to discuss what the committee could do to support recovery options. Ms. Hubbard spoke about safe injection sites and access to needle safety education and information for heroin users. Ms. Archambault said that she believes that everyone deserves treatment and that she supports any solution that provides treatment options.