Nonprofit wants out of Portland sobering center
For years, Central City Concern has had a contract to run the sobering center at 444 N.E. Couch St. on behalf of the Portland Police Bureau. There's a room where people can clean up, sleep or get some food. There's also a van that picks people up if they've had too much alcohol or drugs.
But Amanda Risser, the senior medical director with Central City Concern, said they're helping fewer drunk people in recent years and more people who are violently acting out on drugs like methamphetamine.
"Methamphetamine use contributes to a lot of behavioral crises that can be very dramatic and very severe," Risser said. "And that really threatens the health and well being of the patient that's experiencing it. And that can also lead to unsafety and risk in the setting."
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