Local law enforcement blames Measure 110 for the rise in fentanyl and synthetic opioid overdoses in Oregon | News

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JOSEPHINE COUNTY —        With the increase in synthetic opioids circulating around our state, local law enforcement is fed up with statewide measures that decriminalize the personal possession of illegal drugs.

Sheriff Dave Daniel with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office says Measure 110 has affected our community – since it passed in November of 2020, Daniel says he’s seen 15 fentanyl-related overdoses in the county – not including the city of grants pass. according to the Oregon Health Authority Deaths related to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids increased by 83% from 20-20 to 20-21.

“I think I can speak pretty broadly in that statement that we’re seeing damage being done, we’re seeing lives being affected, families being affected, and lives being lost, that’s not okay. If it’s broken, we got to fix it, it’s our job,” says Daniels.

He says he has spoken to other sheriffs and other police chiefs and everyone is very frustrated including directors of the county’s patrol and probation. Sheriff Daniels says they are first responders to these types of incidents.

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

Even though the number of people in their jails has reduced these individuals are not getting the treatment and services they need or don’t want. “People are not seeking treatment, they’re not calling the hotline, there are no ramifications for being in possession of a ‘user amount’ and getting that citation,” says Sheriff Daniels.

He says there is a committee right now reviewing measure 110 to see if this is something that Oregon wants to continue doing to whether officials try and repeal it. “In law enforcement, we’re here for service. For people’s property, lives, and safety.”

Sheriff Daniels says he is an advocate to repeal Measure 110 and wants to see change in the Southern Oregon community.

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Local law enforcement blames Measure 110 for the rise in fentanyl and synthetic opioid overdoses in Oregon | News

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