Did you know? Oregon’s meth and opioid decriminalization is not the answer
Oregon may have well just given up on its drug users. Oregon has become the first state in the nation to decriminalize small amounts of meth and opioids. What would be a felony charge in Arkansas for methamphetamine possession is now comparable to a traffic ticket in Oregon. There, they can either pay $100.00 or be screened for substance abuse counselors.
Proponents argue that criminalizing drugs is too expensive to enforce. Their jails and prisons are overcrowded, and some of their people simply just won’t quit using drugs no matter how many times they’re incarcerated. They argue that decriminalizing removes barriers to treatment that many otherwise never would get. While proponents have got a point, in my humble opinion, the answer is not to decriminalize.
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