As an Oregon legislator, local government leader, and a United States Congressman, I’ve spent much of my public life advocating for better health care – from universal coverage, to better end of life care, to opening up research into the therapeutic benefits of medicines that have been unwisely blocked at the federal level.
Those same values are why I strongly support Ballot Measure 109 and hope you will join me in voting yes.
Measure 109 will offer hope in the form of a breakthrough treatment option in Oregon: psilocybin therapy. Research at America’s top universities shows that psilocybin therapy can help people suffering from depression, anxiety, and addiction. Developed with therapeutic and mental health experts, Measure 109 brings this treatment to Oregon through a licensed, research-based system that supports and protects those in urgent need.
One potential benefit is particularly encouraging to me. In Congress I have worked hard to deliver better end-of-life care to all Americans. Studies are showing that psilocybin therapy can help address the profound, end-of-life depression and anxiety that can come with a terminal diagnosis. Anyone who has had to confront that issue themselves or with a loved one understands how devastating it can be. Measure 109 is an opportunity to continue Oregon’s leadership on improving end-of-life care.
I also appreciate that Measure 109 was carefully and responsibly written by therapeutic and mental health experts, with extensive safeguards and supervision by the Oregon Health Authority.
Please join me by voting Yes on this important common-sense measure.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer