Oregon Drug Decriminalization Likely To Proceed After Democrat Elected Governor

Oregon Drug Decriminalization Likely To Proceed After Democrat Elected Governor
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“Many people and the media have been talking about a lot of increases in crime since Ballot Measure 110 was enacted but these data just don’t bear that out.” By Lynne Terry, Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon’s decriminalization of drugs and addiction treatment programs are likely to forge ahead now that the election is over, giving Democrats key victories. Both Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson said they wanted Measure 110 repealed. Approved in 2020, it decriminalized possession of a small amount of illegal drugs with a promise to increase addiction treatment services. Democrat Tina Kotek, who will be Oregon’s next governor, supports letting Measure 110 roll out and so do Democratic lawmakers, who will retain control of the Legislature. Thousands of lives are at stake: Nationwide reports, including this one from Mental Health America, have consistently ranked Oregon as having the highest or one of the highest rates of people with mental health and addiction problems. Drug possession arrests have dropped by the thousands.$302 million in funds have expanded services tailored to fit people’s needs such as:Low-barrier substance use disorder treatment that is evidence-based, trauma informed, culturally responsive and patient-centered. — Drug Policy Alliance (@DrugPolicyOrg) November 17, 2022 Critics say the measure has done little to help while pushing crime rates up. “There seems to be a lot of strong feelings about the measure,” said Alex Kral, an epidemiologist and researcher for RTI International, which is headquartered in North Carolina. The nonpartisan nonprofit received a four-year grant from Arnold Ventures, Texas-based foundation, to study the impact of Measure 110, which is a first in the country. They visited four unnamed areas in Oregon over the summer—two urban and two rural—and interviewed 34 people, including 20 law enforcement officials. Police officials told the RTI researchers that their jobs…

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