Oregon Democrats were embarrassed after this one radical policy just blew up in their faces

Democrats in Oregon have been known for pursuing extremely questionable legislation to promote their radical agendas.

Their hope was to find alternatives to policing in order to address crime, homelessness, and drug abuse throughout the state.

But these Oregon Democrats were embarrassed after one of their most radical policies blew up in their faces.

Oregon is just one of those states that is absolutely dominated by the radical Left.

As a result, Portland, the state’s largest city, is completely rampant with homelessness, drug abuse, and crime.

The standard of living is so bad there, that it is enough to make their southern neighbor California blush.

In the wake of the anti-police riots that swept the nation in 2020, Portland became ground zero for a wave of “alternative” approaches to law enforcement.

One of the new laws that spawned in the midst of this police-hating mentality was the legalization of hard drugs, including fentanyl, heroin, and meth.

The idea was that the state would look to using rehab medical services in lieu of police engagement to manage drug abuse.

After four years of trying this alternative approach, things went just as you would expect.

Not only did drug abuse skyrocket, but vagrants from all over came flooding into the Portland area to take advantage of the new pro-drug use environment, while police were helpless to address the problems related to these changes.

The worst part was the fact that the new approach actually proved to be more lethal for drug users.

The results completely contradicted the predictions that came from the radical Left who were supporting this policy change.

“According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon had the largest year-to-year increase of fentanyl deaths in 2023, up 41% between September 2022 and September 2023,” reported Fox News.

Over the course of the last half-decade, Oregon families and police have been detailing stories about the massive uptick in deaths.

They have pointed to loved ones lost and the mass amounts of drug-induced persons lying in the streets where passersby have to carefully navigate around in hopes of not being attacked.

The Fox News report continued by pointing out, “federal data also shows that Oregon has experienced a staggering 1,500% increase in overdose deaths since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – the most severe escalation in the United States.”

The initial reaction was to look at the rehab service itself that replaced police intervention, and the results were astonishing.

As it turns out, so few people were utilizing the publicly accessible program that the cost of just making a phone call to the rehab service hit a staggering nearly $7,000 per person.

That was just to ensure that someone was there to pick up the phone.

As the program continued to fail utterly, with costs continuing to skyrocket to fund the program, voters began to see the initiative for what it truly is – a failed, radical Left pipedream.

Retired Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, spokeswoman for the National Police Association, called for the repeal of the new policy known as Measure 110.

Smith pointed to an Emerson College poll, in which 56% of registered Oregon voters said they would “support a complete repeal of Measure 110.”

“An even larger number of voters (nearly two-thirds) said they would support the repeal of parts of Measure 110 to restore drug penalties,” noted Fox.

While the former Oregon governor, Democrat Kate Brown, admitted that the theory had utterly failed, her successor took the admission of failure to the next level.

The current governor of the Northwestern state, Democrat Tina Kotek, actually attributed the pursuit of this fairy tale idea that decriminalizing hard drug possession and use was actually an off root of anti-police sentiment.

“A lot of these problems, she claimed, go back to the ‘vilification’ of law enforcement and the ‘demonization’ of the criminal justice system,” Fox News reported.

The Oregon “soft on crime” mentality can serve as a case study for any other radical Left states that are looking to pursue similar policies.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.

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