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The Devastating Results After Oregon Decriminalized Heroin And Cocaine Three Years Ago

via The New York Times

Oregon’s law decriminalizing hard drugs like heroin, meth, and cocaine, known as Measure 110, has faced significant backlash as opioid-related deaths have surged.

The law, which aimed to provide health services instead of criminal penalties for drug possession, has led to a 56% majority in Oregon supporting its reversal.

Critics argue that the measure has exacerbated homelessness and made communities less safe, as drug-related deaths have become a regular occurrence. (Trending: Donald Trump Gets Great News Ahead of 2024)

Private security guard, Michael Bock said, “This breaks my heart,”

“What happened before 110 got passed was that I revived zero people. Since 110’s passing, it’s almost daily…,” lamented Bock.

“These are our friends. They are brothers, fathers, sisters, cousins… we’re talking about the loss of life, and we have to do something different,” he continued.

Adding, “This is serious.”

“The people out here who are burdened with this addiction are being cast to the side, and it’s really, really heartbreaking,” explained the frustrated resident.

“I can’t speak to what others see or do, but I can tell you from boots on the ground, this is tragic, and it’s got to change,” he demanded.

“People suffering from addiction are more effectively treated with health care services than with criminal punishments,” reads the new bill.

“A health care approach includes a health assessment to figure out the needs of people who are suffering from addiction, and it includes connecting them to the services they need,” it continues.

“Right now, people need to come together and realize that this is just an incredible burden, an incredible crisis, and that people out here, that myself, my coworkers, the rest of my team are interacting with are real,” recalled Bock

“This didn’t work,” he admitted.

Michael Bock and others are calling for change, emphasizing the need to address the devastating impact of the law.

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