How Can Implementation of Oregon’s Drug-Decrim Law Improve? (

“In the midst of the still-escalating national overdose crisis, Oregon has taken a bold and important step by ending the criminalization of people for drug use, potentially averting more than 7,000 arrests in the past two years, and investing instead in harm reduction and supportive services,” said Daliah Heller, vice president of drug use initiatives at Vital Strategies, in a press statement. “Learning from the successes and challenges of this effort is critical to informing similar developments, as other states and municipalities will follow in Oregon’s footsteps.” The new report found agreement among many respondents that the decriminalization aspects of the law need to improved. And while there is strong support for expanding services for people who use drugs, respondents want to see it become easier for providers to get the available funding.

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