Oregon’s drug decriminalization experiment appears dead

November 17, 2022

In 2020, Oregon voters passed Measure 110 the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, designed to move funds away from criminalizing drug use and addiction to treatment. This represents a $1.4billion investment in behavioral health care. Two years later, there are calls to repeal the measure as a massive failure. This forum explored what is happening on the ground with addiction, frustrations with the program, how the funds are being distributed and how the legislation could be fixed.

Moderator: Zack Demars, The Bulletin


  • Rick Treleaven, LCSW- Chief Executive Officer, BestCare Treatment Services, Inc.
  • Chief Mike Krantz, Bend Police Department
  • Shawnda Jennings, Peer Support Outreach Specialist, Ideal Option


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