Authorities In Oregon Say The Increase In Fentanyl And Synthetic Opioid Overdose Deaths Is Due To Measure 110

Measure 110: Local law enforcement in Josephine County is fed up with statewide initiatives that legalize the personal possession of illegal substances. This comes as a result of an increase in the number of synthetic opioids that are being distributed throughout our state.

Fentanyl And Synthetic Opioid Overdose Deaths Is Due To Measure 110

According to Sheriff Dave Daniel of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Measure 110 has had an impact on our community. Since the measure was approved in November 2020, Sheriff Daniel claims to have witnessed 15 fentanyl-related overdoses in the county.

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This number does not include the city of grants pass. According to the Oregon Health Authority, the number of deaths that were caused by fentanyl and other synthetic opioids rose by 83 percent between 2020 and 2021.

“I think I can speak quite broadly in that statement that we’re seeing the damage being done, we’re seeing lives being damaged, we’re seeing families being affected, and we’re seeing people losing their lives, and that’s not okay. ” If it’s broken, we got to fix it, it’s our job,” adds Daniels.

Fentanyl And Synthetic Opioid Overdose Deaths Is Due To Measure 110
Fentanyl And Synthetic Opioid Overdose Deaths Is Due To Measure 110

He claims that he has spoken to a number of other police chiefs and sheriffs and that everyone is quite frustrated, including the directors of the county’s patrol and probation departments. Sheriff Daniels reports that they are the first responders to situations of this kind.

“We’re throwing out dosages of Narcan like it’s tic-tacks, and it’s apparent and evident that the measure is not working,” says Daniels. “It’s clear and evident that the measure is not working.”

Despite the fact that the number of persons being held in their jails has decreased, these individuals are not receiving the care and assistance that they require or choose not to get. “People are not seeking treatment, they’re not contacting the hotline, and there are no penalties for being in possession of a ‘user amount,'” says Sheriff Daniels. “There are no ramifications for being in possession of a user amount and getting that ticket.”

He claims that there is a committee that is currently examining measure 110 to see whether or not this is something that the state of Oregon wants to continue doing and whether or not authorities want to attempt and repeal it. “In the field of law enforcement, we are dedicated to serving the public. “In the interest of the people’s property, their lives, and their safety.”

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Sheriff Daniels, supports the effort to overturn Measure 110 and is interested in bringing about positive change in the Southern Oregon community.

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