Violent crimes, overdoses skyrocket after Portland decriminalizes drugs

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Drug overdoses have skyrocketed in the state of Oregon following the passing of Measure 110 in November of 2020, a measure that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs such as fentanyl, heroin, meth, and cocaine.

Data revealed that drug overdose deaths in the state of Oregon shattered records in 2021 with 1069 recorded cases of overdoses, a 41 percent increase since the passage of the measure, according to Fox News.

Under the new law, possession of drugs is a Class E felony; punishable by a maximum $100 fine. However, charges are dismissed as long as addicts call a help hotline and complete a health assessment, hoping that they will enter treatment instead of spending time in jail.

But, according to The Lund Report, only 136 people have entered treatment since the passing of Measure 110, also known as The Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act. Recent data shows that nearly one in five adults are addicted to drugs in the state of Oregon, ranking the second highest in the nation.

The Oregon Judicial Department reports that law enforcement has issued 2,576 tickets for drug possession since Measure 110 was enacted and 75 percent of those resulted in convictions since the offender failed to appear in court, Fox News reported.

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