SALEM, OR – Through Measure 110, Oregon was the first state in the nation to decriminalize possession of drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl. Funding was shifted away from public safety, schools, cities, and counties and redirected to the Oregon Health Authority to implement Measure 110. The results have been atrocious. Measure 110 policies have failed Oregonians miserably. The overwhelming majority of our state wants change. Many are calling for full repeal.
Representative Christine Goodwin (R-Canyonville) has been appointed to the Joint Committee on Addiction and Community Safety Response and calls for a repeal of Measure 110 to restore protections for our communities and to give law enforcement the tools they need.
“Measure 110 is a failed experiment. The decriminalization of drug possession and lack of required treatment has led to dramatic increases in drug addiction, open drug use in public spaces, homelessness, and crime. We have reduced the deterrent effect of law enforcement and taken away their ability to arrest, which has compromised community safety. Oregonians are fed up and demand action,” said Representative Goodwin.
CDC data indisputably shows that drug overdoses from drugs like heroin and fentanyl have tripled in Oregon. Of the 5,000 citations for drug possession, only 120 called the treatment referral hotline, and 60% of those ticketed never paid their fines. Oregon is #1 in the nation for meth use and #4 for opioid use. Overall, we have the 2nd highest addiction rate in the country. Yet, our state ranks last in the nation in providing treatment options.
The Douglas, Josephine, and Jackson County Commissioners, District Attorneys, and Sheriffs are passing resolutions requesting the Governor and/or the Oregon Legislature repeal Measure 110. I strongly support those requests and will work diligently with my county governments to return public safety to our communities,” concluded Goodwin.
Contact: Ashley Kuenzi | Ashley.Kuenzi@oregonlegislature.gov