Measure 110 Argument in Opposition
PHYSICIANS TAKE AN OATH TO DO NO HARM….. MEASURE 110 CREATES HARM.
I’m a physician with a hospital-based practice focused on treating patients with chronic pain and addiction.
During my 25-year career, I’ve observed firsthand the adverse health and societal effects of illicit drug use in our community including: overdoses, HIV and Hepatitis C infections, heart valve infections, epidural abscesses, skin-grafts due to injection drug use, homelessness, domestic violence, suicide, psychiatric holds, work-loss, divorce, loss of child custody, and social isolation.
An unfortunate fact of treating patients with addictions:
Despite clear harms of continued use, most addicted individuals will refuse treatment when it’s offered. In fact, recent epidemiological data reveals treatment refusal rates for both opioid and methamphetamine addictions exceed 80%. Consequently, those experiencing addiction often require external incentives / disincentives such like threat of loss of family and friends; drug courts; and collaboration between law enforcement, courts, probation, DHS, and the treatment community to collaboratively nudge addicted individuals into long-term recovery.
Measure 110 framers portray individuals with active addictions as rational actors who will naturally seek out and accept treatment for their condition.
I can assure you as a front-line provider it’s simply not true. Nor will levying a token $100.00 fine be financial disincentive of sufficient magnitude to coax ambivalent or pre contemplative people into a life of abstinence or long-term recovery.
Unfortunately, removing the threat of incarceration and abandoning collaboration between law enforcement, probation, and the drug court system will result In a revolving door of drug abuse, treatment refusal, crime, homelessness, and ongoing costly health-related expenditures for hospitalizations due to overdoses, Infections, and drug-induced psychosis.
As a healthcare provider I urge you to join me and vote no on Ballot Measure 110.
Oregon can do better.
Paul Coelho, MD
Portland-area Certified Intervention Specialist urges you to VOTE NO on Measure 110
Measure 110 DOES NOTHING to address Oregon’s biggest treatment problem.
Oregon lacks residential treatment beds for people without private insurance. Medicaid doesn’t cover residential treatment. The younfl and the poor have to wait for weeks to get into residential treatment where they can receive the appropriate level of care to treat heroin, cocaine, meth and oxycodone.
Measure 110 doesn’t fund any more residential treatment beds for those without private insurance.
Instead it creates more assessment and referral centers.
Oregon has enough assessment and referral centers already. What we need is more funding for treatment beds!
Measure 110 actually takes money away from treatment services funded by Marijuana Tax money.
* Decreases existing treatment access.
110 Creates unnecessary assessment and referral centers.
* Fails to fund more residential treatment beds.
The out-of-state backers of Measure 110 have not studied Oregon’s needs. They have presented evidence that shows Oregon is ready for a drastic change in the way addicts get into treatment.
Potential legal consequences accelerate motivation to enter treatment. Fear of jail often gets people to go to treatment before they lose everything.
The court system provides the two things addicts need to get into recovery: motivation and being held accountable for entering and completing treatment.
For the homeless, the judicial system is a path to treatment which they otherwise cannot afford. Most homeless people are addicted to the drugs Measure 110 wants to decriminalize.
Oregon needs more judicial intervention programs which show the stick of authority but do not use it when people get into recovery. Remember: people who are not In recovery risk death every day.
Oregon needs to develop a comprehensive substance abuse plan that involves the treatment community, courts, law enforcement, and patient stakeholders, not out-of-state interests.
In my opinion, Measure 110 will cause great harm and no good.
Please VOTE NO on Measure 110!
The Sheriffs of Oregon urge you to VOTE NO on Measure 110
Measure 110 decriminalizes drug possession for dangerous substances. Minors and adults could possess these amounts: 1 gram of Heroin, 2 grams of Methamphetamine, 12 grams of Psilocybin (mushrooms), 5 user units of MDMA (Ecstasy), and 40 user units LSD (Acid), Oxycodone, and Methadone.
Individuals found with possession of these drugs would simply be issued a citation with a fine not to exceed $100.00. The fine could be reduced to zero by taking a “health assessment.”
Measure 110 reduces criminal penalties for possessing drugs in amounts greater than the above-specified quantities to a Misdemeanor with less than 1 -year imprisonment, a $6,250 fine or both. Larger quantities of drugs that would constitute a commercial drug offense would still be treated as a felony.
While we support alternatives for individuals who possess user-amounts of drugs, Measure 110 goes too far. It puts our community’s quality of life at risk through increased street-level drug dealing, elevates property crime users often commit to support their habits, and the number of individuals using these substances will increase, especially amongst youth.
Measure 110 will reduce or eliminate access to evidence-based and emerging best-practice drug intervention programs including Drug Courts, drug diversion programs, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program for adults, and similar programs for minors.
Measure 110 doesn’t increase capacity of drug treatment services within our communities. Access to treatment services in Oregon Is currently at one of the lowest levels nationwide.
Measure 110 will cause the need for additional drug treatment services, while at the same time decreasing the available funding for that treatment.
Measure 110 will divert millions of dollars in marijuana tax revenue from schools, mental health and addiction services, state police, cities, counties, and drug prevention programs. Instead, these funds will be redirected into the Measure 110 fund.
For a safer, stronger, and healthier community your Oregon Sheriffs urge you to VOTE NO on Measure 110.
RECOVERING ADDICT SAYS MEASURE 110 DOESN’T FIX THE DECRIMINALIZATION PROBLEMS…….
…….AND WILL MAKE ADDICTION AND CRIME WORSE.
Dear Oregon Neighbors,
If you’ve never suffered from or been touched by drug addiction, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE listen to the voices of those of us who have. Hear us: Measure 110 is the wrong track for Oregon.
For many who’ve suffered addiction, the legal system is the one avenue that can break the addiction cycle; because it’s the only place we can truly be held accountable for our actions.
Addiction took me to a dark place that not once, not twice, but three times, I was placed under arrest.
Court ordered treatment was a God-send. Had I not intersected with the justice system, I’m not sure where I would be. Certainly, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Since the court ordered me Into treatment:
- I’ve been free from crime for 15 years.
- I successfully completed treatment and paid off court fines.
- I enrolled at Portland Community College and became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
- I achieved a bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Studies from George Fox.
- I’m successfully employed in the drug treatment community.
- I sponsor other recovering addicts.
Most importantly, I got the life I knew I wouldn’t have If I was still chasing my addiction.
Measure 110 removes the path for other addicts to have court-mandated supervision. For many of us, it’s the only way we get off the rollercoaster. Measure 110 doesn’t fund new treatment beds we desperately need.
Measure 110 doesn’t create new treatment beds for addicted youth.
Measure 110 doesn’t restore DMV privileges or expunge old crimes.
Measure 110 is fool’s gold for addicts, and it will Increase societal costs associated with addiction.
Please listen to someone who has “been there and done that”….addiction isn’t the life any of us want for our family, friends, and children.
DEMOCRATIC STATE REPRESENTATIVE SAYS: “MEASURE 110 IS THE WRONG PATH FOR OREGON”
Dear Oregon Voters,
Please VOTE NO and let the Legislature keep working towards decriminalization and treatment funding for those suffering from addiction.
For 18 years in the Oregon Legislature, and nearly a decade as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, I’ve used my 31-year law enforcement experience to balance Oregon’s criminal justice laws in a way that keeps communities safe, but also works towards rehabilitating people who commit crime.
In no area of criminal law have we been more productive than Oregon’s efforts to stop treating drug addicts like criminals, instead, recognizing addiction for what it is: a disease which needs intervention.
If you had cancer, you’d make an appointment to see a doctor.
But addiction traps people’s cognitive ability to make rational, informed decisions about their health. Addiction also leads to secondary crimes like identity theft, property crimes, and sometimes, violent crimes, if left unchecked.
In 2017, with collaboration and bi-partisanship, lawmakers removed personal drug possession from felony sentencing guidelines, but kept a door open for addicts to get court-sponsored treatment. We’ve made great progress.
Measure 110 backers would have you believe Oregon is locking people up for drug possession (we aren’t) and simply giving a referral to treatment means addicts go by themselves (they don’t).
In my police career, it was heartbreaking to see the same faces (and new ones) over and over who couldn’t get themselves into treatment alone. You never get over to responding to a call where someone, particularly a young person, has tragically died due to an overdose.
My work in the Legislature was informed by those experiences, and by local experts in law enforcement, judges, and medical professionals, not political consultants and special interest groups with radical ideas for Oregon’s justice system.
There’s still work to do; let the Legislature determine how to fund needed rehabilitation.
Measure 110 isn’t the solution!
Representative Jeff Barker
AS A RECOVERED TREATMENT PROVIDER FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS, I URGE YOU TO VOTE NO ON MEASURE 110.
For 18 years, I’ve worked in Oregon helping alcoholics and drug addicts find hope and recovery.
I’ve helped hundreds of people find hope and recover from heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone and cocaine addiction.
The reality of heroin, meth and cocaine addiction is: Seeking and using drugs becomes the highest priority for people with active substance abuse disorder.
Drugs cost $50 to $100 PER DAY cash for many addicts. Most addicts lose employment due to health issues and functional impairment. Active addicts without means must commit crime to support their habit. Therefore it’s not truly a vlctimless crime, it affects others.
Most addicts won’t stop abusing drugs until they have an event or crisis preventing them from using, such as an arrest or an overdose. Most addicts don’t voluntarily stop their habit.
Oregon has already reduced normal daily possession of these substances from a felony to a misdemeanor. The volume of criminal cases has dropped drastically.
Measure 110 will NOT remove drugs from the Federal Schedule II list of illegal drugs, creating complicated, inconsistent practices for agencies receiving federal funding and subjecting Oregonians to federal criminal arrest for possession of these substances.
I oppose Measure 110 because the effective legalization of heroin, meth, oxycodone and cocaine removes a necessary crisis event that helps numerous addicts break their ongoing addiction.
While federal criminal law for cannabis possession isn’t being enforced, the same cannot be expected for these deadly and crime-generating drugs. Those drugs are going to come mainly from cartels.
I believe fully decriminalizing these drugs will lead to an increase in crime, increased chronic medical problems for those with substance abuse disorder, and increased overdose deaths.
Please Join Me In Voting NO on Measure 110.
Milt Parham – recovered treatment provider
As a candidate for the Oregon legislature, homelessness is one of the major concerns that voters in my House District have expressed to me. On their behalf—and on behalf of the homeless themselves—I submit this statement in opposition to Measure 110.
Many people are homeless because of their drug addictions. I believe Measure 110 will likely increase hard drug use and, therefore, addictions. “If it’s legal, it must be OK!”
When an illegal activity (such as the possession and use of hard drugs) is decriminalized, many people think that means it’s OK now to engage in that once-illegal activity. And they do so in greater numbers. Eventually, this will likely increase the homeless numbers.
“If I don’t have to worry about going to prison, I’m free to use drugs!”
Today most persons charged with misdemeanor possession are given the choice of getting treatment or a conviction. But with Measure 110, the choice for both juveniles and adults is gone because there would no longer be any conviction. Eventually, this will likely increase the homeless numbers, as Measure 110 removes a helpful, extrinsic motivation to avoid drug use and experimentation.
“Hey, Mom and Dad. I don’t have to listen to you. It’s legal.”
Measure 110 will allow both juveniles and adults to possess up to 1 gram of heroin and MDMA, 2 grams of cocaine, 12 grams of psilocybin, and 40 user units of LSD, methadone, and oxycodone. Parents lose legal leverage in their ability to control their children’s use. Eventually, this will likely increase the homeless numbers.
Homelessness and addiction can be successfully addressed through a combination of evidence-based, tough love and rewards programs. But making it easier for children and adults to use highly dangerous hard drugs and become addicted is not part of a reasonable solution.
For the sake of the homeless, the addicted, children and their parents, neighborhoods, businesses, and schools, please vote NO on Measure 110.
Sandra K. Nelson
PARENTS BEWARE ADDICTION – Vote NO on Measure 110
My child was like many kids, growing up in a drug-free, loving home.
After marijuana legalization, some in my child’s friends started experimenting with pot. At age 14, my child’s response was, “It’s legal.” It wasn’t, but legalizing pot suddenly normalized using for kids. Social media apps made it worse.
My child began sneaking out at night, driving with no license in search of drugs.
Like many kids who use, experimentation quickly turned into dependency: pills, acid, and more. Drugs trip-wired an addictive personality.
We tried rehab. We paid over $50,000 for various treatments. We love our child, who was 100% supported through recovery. It failed because, as parents, our consequences couldn’t get past the addiction.
I finally called the police and begged them to arrest my child.In Oregon, parents can’t make teenagers go to treatment without a court-order. You can’t get a court-order without the justice system. If Measure 110 passes, that option is gone.
Parents shouldn’t have to beg law enforcement and courts for help. Our justice system needs to be reformed. We need more treatment beds for kids and help for families to afford treatment. Measure 110 removes access families currently have to court-mandated juvenile treatment. It’s shortsighted.
Measure 110 removes any semblance of deterrence from a child’s mind If the only consequence for using dangerous drugs Is a fine less than a speeding ticket.
We cannot allow our kids to grow up believing that using drugs is somehow normal, and we cannot live in a society that takes away a parent’s options to help their child get drug treatment.
If you’re a parent, I hope you’ll listen to those of us whose children have suffered and join us in saying NO to Measure 110.
As a family who lost our son / brother / grandson to addiction, we passionately oppose this measure. This measure will likely lead to more death and addiction. Don’t let It be your loved one.
Measure 110 is a drug legalization measure designed to mislead Oregon citizens into supporting the legalization of large “user amounts” of deadly, illegal drugs including: heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, oxycodone, and LSD.
Decriminalization Is legalization. The “gas lighting” strategy used to sell this measure will lead to increased risk in our vulnerable citizens, including both adults and children, from drug dealers who will profit off of their addiction, leading to potential death.
Measure 110 implies, “court ordered sanctions are not a deterrent or motivate people with addiction disorders.” This simply is not true, and seems to ignore the obvious. The majority of society does not commit crimes, because of the consequences.
Recovery communities acknowledge that people with addictions often need to “hit bottom” before choosing recovery. For many, “hitting bottom” comes with being arrested and the associated consequences of justice system interventions.
In my 35 years of working directly with people with addictions I have heard many times the sobering reality “if I hadn’t been arrested I would be dead”.
The addicted mind, left with a choice, will continue to abuse drugs. Measure 11 0 assumes that people with addiction, given a ticket, will pay or voluntarily participate in addiction assessment. This is not based on facts. Violators in other states with similar laws, do not pay fines or seek treatment.
Measure 110 provides no structure or incentive for participation in treatment as court ordered treatment programs do. Measure 110 siphons money derived from marijuana tax away from worthwhile programs and only provides voluntary assessments, which is not the same as treatment.
Measure 110 legalizes heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, oxycodone, and LSD for children as well as adults. Children will get the message that “drugs are really not that bad.”
Brian, Brenda Martinek and family
DON’T LET OUT-OF-STATE SPECIAL INTERESTS WRITE LAWS FOR OREGON
Measure 110 halts Justice Reinvestment efforts being worked on by the Oregon Legislature.
Dear Oregon Voters,
You might be surprised to learn in 2017, a bipartisan effort in Oregon’s Legislature reduced drug sentencing from FELONY to MISDEMEANOR status in criminal sentencing guidelines.
As a Republican Senator representing Rural Oregon, I joined with liberal Democratic senators in supporting this effort. I believed, and still do, that Oregonians suffering from addiction need treatment, not incarceration. Everybody deserves a second chance at sobriety and the life that comes when you are free from addiction.
In just a few years since passing that law, District Attorneys across Oregon were freed to work with people arrested for drug possession like Heroin, Methamphetamines, and Cocaine, and can court-order addicts into state-sponsored or county-sponsored treatment.
THE LEGISLATURE’S EFFORTS ARE WORKING!
As a lawmaker, I appreciate Oregonians’ right to use the initiative process to make laws when they see the Legislature failing to act on important issues. That’s not the case with Measure 110.
Measure 110 was drafted by and funded with millions of special-interest dollars by an out-of-state group who clearly wants full-on decriminalization of drugs. Oregon isn’t a petri-dish for an extreme policy agendas.
- Determines JUVENILES will only be cited for hard-drug possession while being cut off them off from juvenile court treatment programs.
- Takes MILLIONS OF DOLLARS from marijuana taxes that would have gone to public schools.
- Disconnects drug treatment from courts.
- Identifies no new funding source to pay for treatment.
I support evaluating proposals to help people get their addictions in check and lives back on track. But Measure 110 is no solution, and it’s not the Oregon Way that we’ve relied on for robust policy-making processes.
Please say NO to out-of-state agendas for Oreqon. Please let Oregon’s Legislature keep doing its job.
Join me in Voting NO on Measure 110.
Oregon Senator Bill Hansell
MEASURE 110 Takes Money from Our Classrooms and Opens the Door to Drug Use in Schools
As a school superintendent, I’m urging you to VOTE NO on Measure 110. Please take the time to really read up on this measure before you vote. You’ll see that Measure 1 10 is bad for our schools, and bad for students.
First, the official financial impact statement for Measure 110 makes it clear that if passed, Measure 110 would sweep upwards of $73 MILLION DOLLARS away from money already earmarked for the K-12 education budget.
At a time when schools are already facing serious budget cuts due to the Covid-19 pandemic, taking $73 MILLION from our classrooms is the same as cutting 760 teachers across Oregon. Our public schools can’t afford to lose funds, especially during the worst education crisis in our lifetimes with schools shut down due to Covid-19. Every dollar is needed to make sure students don’t lose ground.
Second, Measure 110 sends the wrong message to our students that drugs like methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, and other illicit substances, are ok to use. As written, It allows Juvenile users to possess the same amount of hard drugs as adults would be allowed. That’s totally unacceptable!
As educators, we’re constantly working to teach students about the dangers of drug use. Measure 110 provides conflicting messages and sets us back in our work. It will make it almost impossible to prevent student drug use. If Measure 110 passes, It could tie a school district’s hands with regard to campus drug enforcement and open school districts up to costly litigation.
Lastly, as a parent, I’ve seen the heartbreak of families who’ve had to say goodbye to a child due to drug overdose. Measure 110 works aflainst families trying to protect their kids from substance abuse.
Please join me in voting NO to protect our kids and our schools from the dangers of drug abuse!
Superintendent Mark Thielman
Alsea School District
DECRIMINALIZATION HAS FAILED PEOPLE OF COLOR IN SAN FRANCISCO…. SO WHY BRING IT TO OREGON?
People of color need systemic changes to the Justice system…not more drugs flooded in our communities for our kids.
In an attempt to right some disparities in our judicial system, an out-of-state organization has put an out-of-state “solution” on our Oregon ballots. As an African-American Orej3oman_and someone who spent 45 years working to better the lives of families in Portland, I applaud efforts to fix the problem of unequal justice for people of color, but Measure 110 has serious flaws.
Decriminalizing the drugs on listed in Measure 110 -heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, oxycodone – will open Pandora’s Box in a way that we do not want to see happen.
Our current system of drug treatment and recovery is lacking.We need more treatment beds to meet the needs we have today. Measure 110 doesn’t create new funding for treatment. It doesn’t help poor people pay for treatment. Decriminalizing drugs in this measure will not only overwhelm our current system It would severely set us back attempts to help those who need help.
Measure 110 will affect children and will substantially increase – not reduce – our drug crisis.
This approach has been tried in San Francisco and failed miserably. Since its inception, San Francisco has seen a rise in drug usage, homelessness, crime and mental illness. There are street gangs openly selling heroine, fentanyl, and meth in an area covering 50 city blocks. This situation began as an honest attempt to fix a problem by decriminalizing these drugs; it backfired, thus leaving San Francisco with a huge problem, one that disproportionately impacted people of color.
I believe we can fix our current inequities in justice and service our homeless, mentally ill and addicted citizens in a much more effective way. Not by opening the drug floodgate and creating more problems.
Fred W. Douglas Jr. – Retired Youth Minister
There is No Justice or Peace for Black Lives if voters support a Measure 110 that will flood our communities with Drugs.
Measure 110 supporters say this measure reduces instances of Black people intersecting with police because drug penalties will be dropped to a violation. They’re wrong…Dead wrong!
Flooding drugs into communities creates more opportunities for young people (often people of color) to be arrested because the secondary crimes committed while on drugs are typically the cause of the altercation with police.
And that’s when tragedies occur.
programs, no treatment, and they end up committing crimes to score drugs – children lose.
As a retired Black sheriff’s deputy working 25 years at Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and two years in Oregon’s Juvenile Justice Department, I believe our children’s futures are at stake. I’ve always focused on supporting, in particular, youth and families. I sit on a community board helping youth in recovery and let me tell you by giving young people this kind of access to drugs and lowering the perception of harm, we’re setting them up to fail.
Measure 110 will affect our youth by:
INCREASING drug ADDICTION by lowering the perception of harm.
INCREASING the homeless population.
*Negatively affect young people’s mental and physical health as the brain is in its development stage.
*Allowing youth to possess nearly 2 grams of meth and cocaine; 1 gram of heroin; and 40 user units of LSD, to name a few.
increasing the chance of drug-related crimes to support an addiction habit perhaps.
increasing medical problems and increased risk of death.
increasing the chances of health issues and impairments that affect school, family, and overall quality of life.
If you believe ALL YOUTH LIVES MATTER, Vote NO on Measure 110.
Rob Ward, West Linn
Oregon’s District Attorneys Urge Your NO Vote on Measure 1 10
District Attorneys across Oregon urge your NO vote on Measure 110, a dangerous approach to our drug addiction crisis. This measure recklessly decrimlnalizes possession of the most dangerous types of drugs, including methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy.
This measure is the wrong answer to our drug addiction crisis.
Oregon leads the country in pain reliever misuse (1st), methamphetamine use (2nd), prevalence of mental illness (3rd) and cocaine use (4th) and yet we are nearly last (48th) in access to treatment.
Decriminalization will lead to an increase in acceptability of dangerous drugs, normalizing hazardous experimentation for our youth and increasing accessibility, surging supply and lowering costs of dangerous street drugs.
Law Enforcement is an Important partner in this public health crisis but Measure 110 will all but remove them from this conversation.
Today, possession of most drugs are only misdemeanor offenses – which means people do not go to prison for simple possession, rather, they are connected with treatment options including Drug Courts and innovative diversion programs that are life-saving bridges to resources, lending support and motivation for success and early intervention, making all our communities safer.
District Attorneys Across Oregon Urge Your NO Vote on Measure 110:
John Haroldson – Benton County District Attorney
John Foote – Clackamas County District Attorney
Ron Brown – Clatsop County District Attorney
Jeff Auxier – Columbia County District Attorney
Wade Whiting – Crook County District Attorney
Josh Spansall – Curry County District Attorney
Rick Wesenberg – Douglas County District Attorney
Marion Weatherford – Gilliam County District Attorney
Joseph Lucas – Harney County District Attorney
John Sewell – Hood River County District Attorney
Beth Heckert – Jackson County District Attorney
Steven Leriche – Jefferson County District Attorney
Josh Eastman – Josephine County District Attorney
Patty Perlow – Lane County District Attorney
Doug Marteeny – Linn County District Attorney
Dave Goldthorpe – Malheur County District Attorney
Paige Clarkson – Marion County District Attorney
Justin Nelson – Morrow County District Attorney
Aaron Felton – Polk County District Attorney
William Porter – Tillamook County District Attorney
Dan Primus – Umatilla County District Attorney
Kelsie McDaniel – Union County District Attorney
Rebecca Frolander – Wallowa County District Attorney
Kevin Barton – Washington District Attorney
Gretchen Ladd – Wheeler County District Attorney
Brad Berry – Yamhill County District Attorney
MEASURE 110 PUTS PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PRESSURE ON CASH-STRAPPED COMMUNITIES – VOTE NO ON MEASURE 110
As a Wilsonville City Councilor, and former Oregon Corrections Department nurse, I have significant concerns about Measure 110 and its impacts on our local resources at a time when cities are already faced with rising homelessness and lack of public health funding.
When I provided healthcare in Oregon’s prison system, for many inmates, the first time they ever had the opportunity to get drug treatment was when they intersected with the justice system. They recognized their addiction led them to commit crimes. It was keeping them away from their families and their shot at a better life.
Measure 110 disconnects drug violations from the court system in a way where offenders won’t be compelled into drug treatment. That’s taking us in the wrong direction! As written, Measure 1 10 doesn’t make it clear that people cited for drug violations will be required to get treatment at all, only a referral.
As a City Councilor, I look at the community challenges we face through the lens of my nursing experience. The recent uptick in homelessness across the METRO area Is in large part due to rising, unchecked drug addiction. I see this firsthand when people who are devasted by addiction show up in our emergency rooms during an overdose. And if they survive, they have no home to recover in – they go back out into the streets.
system. To implement a significant change in fully decriminalizing drugs like methamphetamines, cocaine, and opioids, cities and counties need time and funds to support the social service crisis this change will create in our local communities.
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Measure 110 will negatively impact public health and safety.
PLEASE VOTE NO!
Wilsonville City Councilor
GET THE FACTS – THEN VOTE NO ON MEASURE 110!
Measure 110 does not help people with addictions. It does not create new funding for treatment.
FACT: Measure 110 decriminalizes drug possession of less than 1g of heroin; 2g of cocaine; 2g of methamphetamine; 12g of psilocybin; 5 user-units MDMA (ecstasy); 40 user-units LSD, Oxycodone and/or Methadone.
FACT: It decriminalizes those drugs for children and teenagers.
FACT: The penalty for possessing these drugs will be less than the average speeding ticket.
FACT: Measure 110 removes the court’s authority to order youth, teens, and adults into drug treatment.
FACT: Measure 110 will reduce and/or eliminate funding otherwise beir all 36 counties.
FACT: Measure 110 fails to contemplate that no new tax revenues are being collected for treatment, and that the Legislature isn’t constitutionally bound to redirect any purported “savings” from reduced incarcerations to drug treatment programs.
FACT: : For the biennial 2021-2023 state budget, Measure 110 reduces funding to addiction treatment, mental health, Oregon State Police, prevention, city and county budgets and school districts, by an estimated $182.4 MILLION including an estimated $73 MILLION in K-12 funding voters approved for schools when they legalized Marijuana. That’s like cutting 730 teachers out of classrooms.
FACT: Health care professionals, including surgeons, would be presumed fit to practice regardless of multiple violations for possessing two grams of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and oxycodone.
FACT: Without court-sponsored treatment, more people suffering addiction will lose jobs, experience homelessness, and fuel their addiction by committing crime. Many will die.
FACT: Measure 110 isn’t a local grassroots effort. This is a radical agenda funded by an out-of-state special interest group which has poured millions into a campaign to change Oregon law.
READ the FACTS.
REJECT out-of-state special interests.
REMEMBER to VOTE NO on Measure 110.
Learn More: www.VoteNoOn110.com
Join a School Nurse In saving NO to Measure 110
On the surface, Measure 110 looks absolutely brilliant: creating recovery programs, funding treatment services using evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally responsive, patient-centered, non-judgmental care with oversight and accountability.
Addiction is both a personal and societal issue. Incarceration is not the answer – effective treatment is. We must have parity in addiction/mental health and physical health services. People with addiction must be able to receive timely, and when needed, state-funded services.
The problem with Measure 110???????
When you take time to read the extensive ballot measure, there is a huge fatal flaw.
This measure decrjmlnaljzes drugs – LSD, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and more for ALL PEOPLE. The problem? CHILDREN ARE PEOPLE!!!!!!!
This means that your adolescent could use heroin with no mandatory treatment required.
As a school nurse, I advocate for children and this measure runs counter to what I do to keep students healthy, safe and ready to learn.
We KNOW that adolescent brains are not fully developed, causing some children to make risky decisions and that drugs negatively affect the adolescent brain. Now, more than ever, our kids are dealing with significant increases in mental health issues. We want them to deal with these issues head on and not choosing to use addictive substances.
Measure 110 doesn’t Identify any kind of new funding source for treatment.
Measure 110 will take money from other sources including about $73 million a biennium out of our schools (marijuana tax money) which will impact valuable student services, perhaps our counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, other mental health interventionists, and school-based health access.
Many people, including myself, voted to legalize recreational cannabis for adults In Oregon. This law Is nothing like recreational cannabis and is DANGEROUS for our kids.
Kim Bartholomew – School Nurse
RECOVERING YOUTH ADDICTS HOPE YOU’LL HELP SAVE LIVES BY VOTING “NO” ON MEASURE 110
We are young people between the ages of 19 and 36. We reflect the diversity of sex, gender, races, color, religious and political beliefs. We were young people trapped in active addiction. With the help of the justice system, we’ve found recovery. PLEASE DON’T VOTE TO TAKE THAT PATH AWAY.
During our active addiction many of us overdosed, almost died, were sick, abused, homeless, hospitalized, and jailed before we got into recovery. Our parents and friends didn’t have the tools to help us, and addiction was so debilitating, we couldn’t help ourselves stop using drugs.
We’re all now in recovery thanks to interventions from courts. Many of us did not have insurance and couldn’t afford treatment except though court programs. It was life changing!
Without those programs most of us would still be using, in jail or prison for serious crimes, or dead. Many of us know others who’ve experienced those dire consequences.
We have jobs and many of us work in the alcohol and drug treatment field. We help those who still suffer in active addiction. And the justice system is a good partner, not a hindrance, to helping those we support.
Measure 110 will not help those who still suffer In active addiction.
Please do not cut off children and young people like us from judicial interventions and treatment by voting for Measure 110.
It’s better to get a “nudge from the Judge” than to go through all the horrible things that happen to young addicts.
Please Vote No on Measure 110.
Nathanial Wade Thomas
Measure 110 will cost lives…..PERIOD.
As a lawyer with 42 years of experience defending people charged with drug crimes, who has spent 35 years in recovery, and is the parent of children with addictions, I was asked to look at Measure 110.
Like many voters, I was busy with work and distracted by Covid-19. When I finally read it, I WAS HORRIFIED. I realized voters were being misled about Measure 110. Voters deserve to know the truth. Here it is.
My life’s work is helping people, particularly young people, get into recovery.
I know what kids go through when active in addiction.
I know what their parents go through.
No one should suffer what we went through.
Measure 110 will hurt far more people than it will ever help.
Most addicts resist treatment. They cannot help themselves; they resist others’ efforts to help.
I know outside pressure creates motivation which helps addicts choose treatment and recovery. It worked for me.
Measure 110 breaks down the systems that allow the Juvenile Courts to help children get treatment services many families can’t afford.
I know that when you decriminalize DEADLY drugs for adults, you decriminalize DEADLY drugs for children under 18.
I know that working people, the poor and people of color…and their children…will be disproportionally affected by Measure 110. They need access to state-funded treatment programs.
Measure 110 assessments are not drug treatment.
Measure 110 does absolutely nothing to help people of color or anyone else overcome barriers they face because of their present drug convictions.
The Legislature can remove those barriers by passing laws which let people get early expungement of their criminal records and early reinstatement of driving privileges when they’ve finished treatment and/or have remained drug-free for a certain period of time. We must encourage the Legislature to remove these barriers and to provide real treatment for all Oregonians,
Please join this grassroots effort-START BY VOTING NO on Measure 110.
ADDICTION TREATMENT PROFESSIONAL SAYS “NO” ON MEASURE 110
Measure 110 proposes decriminalizing possession of dangerous drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine, making drug possession essentially legal for children as well as adults. Measure 110 would also divert marijuana taxes to fund unproven “Addiction Recovery Centers.”
As the director of a substance abuse treatment program, I believe the unintended consequences of decriminalizing drugs outweigh any benefits of extra funding—especially for the most vulnerable Oregonians suffering addiction.
People suffering addiction cannot stop using drugs on their own. Being charged with possession of drugs has motivated thousands of people to make life changes and quit drugs. Courts leverage existing laws to get people into treatment. There’s a saying in the recovery community: “You have to feel the heat before you can see the light.”
Across Oregon, drug courts and other diversion programs help people quit drugs. Drug court provides structure and support for people suffering from addiction. They receive evidence-based treatment in group and individual counseling. They’re supported with GED classes and employment services. They remain sober-monitored by random urine drug tests. These things are necessary for them to abstain from drugs and change their lives.
In contrast, Measure 110 wants “Addiction Recovery Centers” to provide assessment and treatment referrals. These centers don’t provide treatment, especially much needed residential treatment beds. Oregon has a similar setup for DUIIs called Alcohol and Other Drug Screening Specialists (ADSS). ADSS are expensive to patients, and their assessments cannot be used by treatment providers. Addiction Recovery Centers don’t provide evidence-based treatment. They are a risky gamble!
Passing Measure 110 will cause vulnerable people to lose access to drug treatment and needed accountability through our courts. Because they cannot quit using drugs on their own, the result will be more drug use, ruined lives, and damaged families. We should reevaluate spending marijuana tax money to fund needed treatment, but Measure 110 isn’t the way.
Please vote NO on Measure 110.
Chris Wig – Springfield, Oregon
We are Oregon’s Chiefs of Police, sworn to protect and serve all Oregonians, and we urge you to vote “No” on Measure 110.
We know that decriminalizing drug possession will significantly increase the number of child neglect and abuse cases in Oregon. It will also dramatically increase the number of drug-addicted young people and lead to more overdose deaths. By definition, addicts will not seek help unless they have no other choice. Oregon’s drug laws are rehabilitative, not punitive in nature, and we must not take away our courts’ ability to order drug treatment.
HERE’S WHAT MEASURE 110 DOES:
DECRIMINALIZES user amounts of: Heroin, Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, LSD, Psilocybin
REMOVES the judicial system’s legal authority to Court order children, teens and adults into addiction treatment and recovery support services.
REDUCES OR ELIMINATES access to drug intervention programs in Oregon, including the successful drug courts, Diversion programs, LEAD program for adults, STAR program for juveniles and other treatment services directed by courts for both juveniles and adults.
WILL NOT help break the cycle of drug addiction nor reduce associated crime rates.
INCREASES street level drug dealing.
INCREASES drug related crime resulting in more crime victims.
WILL NOT hold people accountable to enter & complete In-patient or out-patient addiction treatment.
DOES NOT require more In-patient treatment beds or higher quality treatment than is already available.
ALLOWS violators choose between a $100 violation ticket and completing a “health assessment.”
ALLOWS professionals like doctors, lawyers, teachers and other professionally or occupationally licensed workers to keep practicing regardless of the number of “Class E Violation” convictions for drug possession.
ROBS tens of millions of dollars in marijuana tax revenue from schools, mental health and addiction services, state police, cities, counties, and drug prevention programs and redirecting funds into the Measure 110 fund.
The Oregon Association Chiefs of Police urge you to VOTE “NO” ON MEASURE 110