Bankrolled by Billionaire Advocates, Policy Turned Out to be a Nightmare

(SALEM, OR) – Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS) President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former drug policy advisor to President Obama, released the following statement after the Oregon House voted overwhelmingly to repeal the state’s controversial Measure 110, which decriminalized all drugs and eliminated incentives to seek drug treatment. The Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions has been working to raise awareness across the state against efforts to create an environment that encourages more drug use and addiction, even of the most dangerous substances:

“Today’s landslide vote to repeal Measure 110 is a resounding repudiation of Drug Policy Alliance and the addiction industry’s push to legalize all drugs. Since its passage in 2020, Measure 110 has been an unquestionable failure that has claimed countless lives across the state. Today, because of this flawed “anything goes” drug policy, Oregon ranks first in the nation for addiction and among the last in the nation for treatment. Oregon is outpacing neighboring states in fatal and nonfatal overdoses. The fantasy of the drug industry turned out to be a nightmare. The Oregon House deserves a tremendous amount of credit for having the courage to vote to repeal this deadly policy. We call upon the State Senate to do the same. 

“This isn’t the time for ‘I told you so.’ Too many people have died and too many lives have been destroyed by this policy to claim a victory. Now is the time to work to realign the state’s drug policy toward protecting public health, safety, and treatment for those suffering from addiction.”