Oregon Becomes First State In Nation To Decriminalize Most Drugs | NBC News NOW

NBC News’ Simone Boyce takes an in-depth look at Oregon’s move to decriminalize drug possession, including small amounts of heroin, cocaine and other drugs.
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29 thoughts on “Oregon Becomes First State In Nation To Decriminalize Most Drugs | NBC News NOW

  1. Having an option of treatment for at least a month or a higher fine would of been better. Calling a hotline? Half of the population cant afford phones. People are still going to overdose its just easier now that they know they cam carry some around at all times w out really getting in trouble. You get hard core charges for drinking in public tho. Things need to change all over. Alcohol is the worst and its legal. Now hard core drugs are more accessible i see it on my street more now.

  2. I am all for offering help instead of dealing with jail and making them feel worse. However living in Oregon seeing the problem and meeting new people every day Its hard to say but most dont want help. They pay the fine with money they sold the drugs the cop just let them go with. I've talked to so many been a volunteer for non profit seeking help for addiction and over half the people we tried to help said no and dodnt even want to hear what we had to offer. The homeless camp here is right across from a free detox and shelter for people who do want help. None of the people have even tried to reach out even with offers. Alot of the homeless here like it amd prefer it sadly leading most into a bad lifestyle. This is only going to make it worse. These people will end up with warrants because they will use the money they do have for drugs not for the fine. So ending up in jail anyways on more charges than before. It's so sad these people do need help they are good people but some just dont care and just really dont want help.

  3. Stigma and shame stops alot of people from going of the rails too, expecting decriminalization to work like it does in other countries is as short sited as the war on the drugs was, I think you do have to try it because it is worth finding out but don't just assume it's going to have blatant positive effects on the society and peoples lives.

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