Recent Polling Indicates That Oregonians Are Negative About Measure 110

Many politicians in recent months have blamed Measure 110, a ballot initiative in 2020 that decriminalized possession of small amounts of dr*gs and set aside tax money from cannabis taxes to fund dr*g addiction treatment services, for the alarming increase in dr*g overdoses in downtown Portland.

DHM Research, located in Portland, recently surveyed 500 Oregon residents and concluded that mostΒ have a negative impression of Measure 110 and think it has exacerbated the state’s addiction and homelessness challenges.

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The most important finding from the April poll was that 63 percent of respondents would back changing Measure 110 so that dr*g possession is again a criminal offense. However,Β they would still like to see the formula that currently directs most of the state’s cannabis tax to addiction treatment remain in place.

That survey item could indicate serious consideration of a ballot initiative to accomplish that by political activists. DHM claims that any one organization did not commission the survey.

John Horvick, senior vice president of DHM, says, “We have an opportunity to ask Oregonians some important questions.” To quote one of our employees: “We don’t have clients that are coming to us with particular questions, but we know that the community is interested in them.”

Voters in Oregon approved Measure 110 three years ago, marking a significant change in the state’s approach to dr*g addiction by replacing prosecution with the issuance of tickets for minor dr*g possession.

However, news coverage over the past two years demonstrates that the state has had trouble implementing the program and encountered obstaclesΒ atΒ practically every turn.

Dr*g addiction treatment services that were supposed to receive grant funding from taxes levied on the cannabis industry instead received nothing for almost two years due to a sloppy rollout of Measure 110, as determined by an audit conducted by the now-former secretary of state.

The Oregonian reports that since Measure 110’s enactment, law enforcement agencies in the state have issued around 4,450 citations, but just 189 people have gone through screening for addiction treatment.

Oregonians Are Negative About Measure 110

This week’s polling data reveals the damage these errors have done to the public’s favor. MostΒ Oregonians (65%) believe that Measure 110 has worsened the state’s dr*g addiction and overd0se crises, and a similar percentage (63%) believe that it has exacerbated the state’s homelessness problem.

According to DHM’s survey results, voters blame a lack of affordable housing less for chronic homelessness than addiction and mental illness.

Health Justice Recovery Alliance executive director Tera Hurst said the survey results shouldn’t be taken at face value because it’s unclear who paid for the poll or the full extent of questions answered. The Health Justice Recovery Alliance fights for the implementation of Measure 110.

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When voters are informed about the harm and ineffectiveness of criminalizing addiction, they overwhelmingly support the Measure 110 approach to increase addiction treatment access instead of wasting public resources by creating cr!minal records and lifelong barriers for people struggling with addiction, Hurst says.

She also notes that the number of Oregonians who have benefited from Measure 110-funded services has surpassed 60,000 and is rising steadily. They’re moving into new quarters now. Currently, they are producing results. They are maintaining relationships with their loved ones back home.


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