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Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions on 8/24/2023
Two Thirds of Voters Want to Repeal Some or All of Controversial Measure That has Led to Increased Drug Use
(WASHINGTON, DC) – A new poll finds that a strong majority of Oregonians support repealing controversial Measure 110, the ballot initiative that decriminalized, and essentially legalized possession of, drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.
The poll, commissioned by the Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS), was conducted by the respected Emerson College Polling organization. It found that 56 percent of Oregonians wanted Measure 110 repealed outright, and that 64 percent wanted at least some parts of the measure repealed. Half of voters also thought the measure makes the community less safe, and more than 50 percent of respondents felt Measure 110 has increased homelessness in the state.
“Oregonians were sold a narrative by those looking to expand addiction in the name of ‘bodily autonomy’ and addiction-for-profit. Now, two years into their new reality, it’s clear residents are waking up to the impact these drugs are having on their communities. Oregon Democrats and Republicans agree: the public health and safety risks associated with drug prevalence and the impact on people’s quality mean Measure 110’s days are numbered,” said FDPS President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former drug policy advisor to Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton.