[Oregon] psychedelic surveillance bill…

The Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) current rules reflect the text of Measure 109, which erects a data barrier between service centers, where client information is stored, and the hands of third parties, including government agencies, law enforcement, and corporations… Senator Elizabeth Steiner’s bill seeks to overrule the fruits of that two-year process, which cost millions of dollars and countless hours of volunteer work on behalf of board members, rules advisory committees, and members of the public who commented on several versions of the draft rules.

On January 9, 2023, less than two weeks after the OHA published its final rules, Steiner introduced a bill to override them… would put all psilocybin clients under mandatory government surveillance. Consequently, the government agency would have access to detailed client records… If SB 303 succeeds, the OHA would not only collect client records, it would also forward them to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where researchers like Todd Korthuis will experiment with it… SB 303 also places no limits on the data that must be shared with third parties or how they can use it… under SB 303, service centers and facilitators would also be forced to disclose why each client seeks psilocybin services, details of their mental health history, and the long- and short-term outcomes they experience following psilocybin services. The bill would also empower OHA to require that any additional variables be collected. SB 303 even authorizes the Advisory Board and OHSU to make recommendations regarding the collection of additional data, which would ultimately end up in OHSU’s possession, creating a conflict of interest.

Original Article (Psychedelic Week):
Psychedelic surveillance bill would raise social and economic cost of Oregon psilocybin services
Artwork Fair Use: W. Bulach


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