Mental Health

ORS 430.920
Risk assessment for drug and alcohol use

  • informing patient of results
  • assistance to patient in reducing need for controlled substances


The attending health care provider shall perform during the first trimester of pregnancy or as early as possible a risk assessment which shall include an assessment for drug and alcohol usage. If the results of the assessment indicate that the patient uses or abuses drugs or alcohol or uses unlawful controlled substances, the provider shall tell the patient about the potential health effects of continued substance abuse and recommend counseling by a trained drug or alcohol abuse counselor.


The provider shall supply demographic information concerning patients described in subsection (1) of this section to the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, for purposes related to the commission’s accountability and data collection system, and to the local public health administrator, as defined in ORS 431.003 (Definitions), without revealing the identity of the patients. The local public health administrator shall use forms prescribed by the Oregon Health Authority and shall send copies of the forms and any compilation made from the forms to the authority at such times as the authority may require by rule.


The provider, if otherwise authorized, may administer or prescribe controlled substances that relieve withdrawal symptoms and assist the patient in reducing the need for unlawful controlled substances according to medically acceptable practices. [1989 c.1046 §4; 2009 c.595 §529; 2011 c.673 §38; 2015 c.736 §70]

Law Review Citations

35 WLR 797 (1999)


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Jun. 26, 2021