The state of Oregon effectively legalized drugs in 2020 when it passed Measure 110. The aftermath has left Oregon in a state of chaos ever since with 956 fatal overdoses in 2022. Today, one-dollar fentanyl pills are fueling the crisis, with the most visible failures seen in the state’s largest city.
Homelessness has exploded in Portland, with open-air drug use as common as the tents, trash, drug paraphernalia, and human waste that line once thriving city streets. Instead of seeking treatment, as Measure 110 promised, drug addicts seek clean needles, fentanyl pipes, and Naloxone.
Finally, nearly four years after Measure 110 was passed, city, county, and state Democrat leaders are talking about the crisis, plotting to tackle it with urgency to prevent more loss of life. They have boldly declared a “fentanyl emergency,” ordering various agencies to partner in programs that push addicts into treatment while cracking down on drug sales.
Unfortunately, the plan is a fool’s errand that is many years too late. Their 90-day emergency plan will hardly make a dent in the crisis, if it does anything at all. That’s what you can expect from