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Shoes kick off campaign for more addiction services

Oregon Recovers has several high-profile public officials associated with its effort, including Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler.

PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon State Capitol in SalemA new coalition plans to launch an addiction recovery campaign by collecting a "giant mountain of shoes" in downtown Portland and ultimately dumping the footwear in state lawmakers' offices in Salem. "Each shoe will be labeled with the name of someone who has been lost to addiction, a symbolic reminder of the state's failure to address its runaway addiction crises," a campaign press release states.

The Oregon Recovers plans to shed light on Oregon's poor mental health and addictions treatment record and urge improvements to access to those services.

"Enough is enough," said Brent Canode, chairman of Oregon Recovers. "The people of Oregon – especially our kids – deserve better than this. It's time for a recovery revolution."

A rally where the shoes will be collected begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at Shemanski Park, 1010 S.W. Park Ave. in Portland.

The rally includes high-profile public officials who will discuss how their lives have been affected by addiction, including Gov. Kate Brown and gubernatorial candidate Rep. Knute Buehler.

More than 1,300 people have RSVP'd to participate.

More info: www.OregonRecovers.org.