Oregon needs to crack down on drug use, experts tell lawmakers – OregonLive

Portland police officers hand out citations to people caught with small amounts of fentanyl. Attached are cards providing them with a phone number to call for a free substance screening. But a meager number of people are calling the hotline or completing such screenings. (Maxine Bernstein |Staff)
A day after the Oregon Health Authority declared a new era in the state’s approach to drug addiction had begun, experts warned legislators that the state’s drug epidemic is worsening while its new approach lacks crucial elements to stem the crisis.
Keith Humphreys, director of the Stanford Network on Addiction Policy, based at Stanford University, said the state’s shift away from prosecuting people with addiction problems toward boosting medical and social services lacks a push for people to stop using drugs and seek treatment.
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