State Lawmakers Roll Back Drug Decriminalization
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Lawmakers in the state of Oregon are reportedly trying to roll back a 2020 referendum that decriminalized all hard drugs throughout the state due to an extreme rise in drug use and subsequent social decline.
In January, House Democrats released the framework for a new mill that seeks to reclassify the possession of drugs to a Class C misdemeanor, according to the Washington Stand. If passed, those who are caught possessing drugs like fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone, and more, would face up to 30 days in jail and a$1,250 fine, possibly both. (LEARN MORE: Texas Gov.’s Border ‘Invasion’ Statement Marks Major Shift)
The law currently allows those arrested for drug possession to get away with a $100 ticket, which is waived if they call a drug abuse helpline. Following the passage of this law, drug overdose and poisoning deaths rose 61% in the space of a year, compared to the 13% seen nationally.
Fentanyl Deaths In America
“Fentanyl, a drug that is 50 times stronger than heroin, has surpassed methamphetamine as the most frequent drug involved in overdose deaths in Oregon. For all ages, fentanyl overdoses surged nearly 600% between 2019 and 2021. And it kills Oregon’s teenagers at a rate higher than any other state. The Oregon Health Authority reports that the amount of seized fentanyl in Oregon’s high-intensity drug trafficking areas (HIDTA) increased from 690 counterfeit pills in 2018 to more than 2 million in 2022,” Oregon House Republican Minority Leader Jeff Helfrich explained succinctly. (LEARN MORE: Conservatives Warn Of Terror Vulnerability From U.S. Open Border)
“[All] it takes [is a] walk through the streets of Portland, or … what you see on the news and the media, [to] actually [see] what 110 has done,” Helfrich told Tony Perkins on “Washington Watch.” “It’s a failed experiment. It has come from the progressive Left, activists in New York, to try to say, ‘It’s okay to do drugs, and you don’t have any accountability.’ As a police officer for 25 and a half years in the city of Portland, I’ve watched, unfortunately, the city decline in the last five years because of these progressive policies.”
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