'Life changing': Amid rising addiction, hundreds Walk for Recovery in Portland

Overdose deaths rose by 36% in Oregon during the pandemic. Alcohol-related deaths rose more than 70%. Dozens marched to end addiction.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hundreds are fighting for more awareness and resources for substance abuse programs in Oregon, joining the Walk for Recovery Saturday.

Groups clad in blue shirts left Portland City Hall at staggered intervals throughout the day.

For the last month and a half, Doyle Griffin has been in recovery for alcohol at Fora Health, a residential treatment program downtown.

“I got complicit,” Griffin described of his alcohol use. “Ready to get out there … achieve some things in my

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