This bill is the Republican’s solution to amend Measure 110.
House Republican Leader Rep. Jeff Helfrich (R-Hood River) issued the following statement. “A 1500% increase in overdoses is the direct result of Oregon enabling drug use with Measure 110. People will keep dying at nation-leading rates as long as this failed policy remains in place,” said Leader Helfrich. “The majority party must stop stalling and pass HB 4036 to put an end to this crisis.”
The proposal is to change the rehab and treatment to makes sure the funding is effective, which has been poorly administrated. The Council currently doesn’t require treatment and has no goal of getting people clean. Funding is only available for harm reduction supplies. Millions go to non-profits that have no accountability.
It changes enforcement to a Class A misdemeanor , which is the same as a DUI with mandatory treatment to avoid prison. This strengthens the Democrat bill that calls for a Class C misdemeanor, which isn’t effective with a $100 fine that is rarely paid. No user goes to prison but it does aim at dealers – holding them accountable.
The attempt is to not enable drug addiction. Twelve counties and cities have voted to repeal. However, treatment facilities are lacking.
An unofficial poll of 1,017 voted 90% that treatment be mandatory to avoid prison for hard drugs.