PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Gov. Kate Brown signed a declaration Thursday morning making September “Recovery Month” in Oregon.

The governor also gave a presentation about ways to combat the opioid crisis — saying it starts with removing the stigma around addiction.

“Addiction is a chronic disease and it needs to be treated as such,” Brown said. “It is not a moral failing. It needs to be treated just as you just would treat cancer.”

She added that state and federal government need to invest more resources.

KOIN 6 News reached out Republican candidate for governor Knute Buehler for a response.

His office sent a statement, in part, saying, “A month of recovery is great, but what we need is leadership to create immediate and lasting change. Knute championed new reforms in the legislature to improve data sharing, enhance provider education and increase access to life-saving overdose treatments.”