In the Media

The Oregonian

“[L]awmakers’ failure to appropriately fund addiction and recovery services – investments that would pay dividends in addressing a common factor in child abuse, homelessness and other issues – merits supporting the measure … Broadening access to services so that adults ­– and juveniles ­­– can easily get assistance is a public health solution more closely tied with what is ultimately a public health problem.”

Oregonian editorial board

Willamette Week

[C]riminalizing such mental illness is that tens of thousands of Oregonians end up with criminal records that derail careers, foreclose housing options, and needlessly stigmatize them rather than offering peer support or ways to compensate for what ails them.”

Willamette Week editorial board

Portland Mercury

“We believe that Measure 110 is a critical form of harm reduction in an imperfect system. One low-level drug offense on a criminal record can be the sole reason a person is turned away from a job, house, school, or loan. These charges predominately impact people of color, and greatly limit people’s potential to find success, financial stability, and community. This measure will begin to undo the generational harm low-level drug arrests have inflicted on Oregon’s communities of color.”

Portland Mercury Editorial Board

Eugene Weekly

“[T]reatment over incarceration is the direction Oregon needs to go.”

Eugene Weekly Editorial Board

 

The Bend Source Weekly

“This election, voters have the opportunity to extend folks some needed medical and mental health treatment...Vote Yes on Measure 110.

The Bend Source Editorial Board

The Corvallis Advocate

“We think making criminals of people that need treatment is just plain wrong.”   

— The Corvallis Advocate Editorial Board

Street Roots

[T]his measure has the potential to solve a longstanding problem in our state: People who want to get treatment for their substance abuse often cannot afford help or access it when they are ready to quit. In fact, Oregon ranked 48th out of 50 states in the percent of people who need treatment but are not receiving it in 2018, according to research from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.”

Street Roots Editorial Board

The Skanner

Measure 110 would establish a more humane, equitable and effective approach to helping people struggling with addiction, shifting from a system of criminalization to approaching addiction as the healthcare issue it is.”

Skanner editorial board

NW Labor Press

Addiction is a serious crisis in Oregon, which ranks nearly last among states in access to drug treatment. Measure 110 is meant to make drug treatment and recovery available to any Oregon resident who requests it.”

NW Labor Press editorial board

Cedar Mills News

[T]he criminal system has never been a good way to deal with drug addiction and the mental health problems that contribute to drug abuse.’

Virginia Bruce, publisher of Cedar Mills News 

Register Guard

“We’ve seen patients undergo complicated heart surgeries because of infection, survive surgery, only to continue their addiction, have the infection return and need hospitalization again. If treatment were more accessible, these situations would become rarer.”

—Robert K. Pelz, Brenda Ormesher and Jason Cronin, M.D.s, infectious disease specialists living and practicing in Lane County, in an opinion.

The Portland Tribune

“As medical professionals, we know how to help people with addictions; we just need the resources to offer them. Measure 110 makes that possible.”

   —Dr. Kelsi Manley, MD, and Donald E. Girard, MD, professor emeritus at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine ,in an opinion.

Bend Bulletin

Measure 110 will replace these needless arrests with access to drug treatment, recovery and housing services, and it will reduce racial disparities in drug arrests. Like every state, Oregon has unsolved murders, rape cases, plus a huge backlog of cold cases. Measure 110 will allow law enforcement to focus on more important issues, instead of getting bogged down on minor offenses.”

—Inge Fryklund, former prosecutor, in an opinion.

Central Oregonian

“Instead of saving lives by providing treatment and recovery services, our current approach to drug addiction relies on arresting people, and giving them criminal records that make it harder for them to recover and secure jobs, housing, professional licenses, student loans and more. We need a more humane, equitable and effective approach to drug addiction. People with addiction need treatment, not punishment. That is why I am voting yes on Measure 110.”

—Janie Gullickson, Executive Director of the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon in an opinion

The Gresham Outlook

“As a nurse, I see the heartbreak of addiction every day on the job. As a woman in long-term recovery, it’s heartbreak that I know. I struggled with addiction for many years, and it’s both my professional and personal experiences that make me a passionate supporter of Measure 110.”

—Bridget Bassett, RN, in an opinion.

Hillsboro News Times

“Measure 110 shifts Oregon toward a health-based approach to addiction that works. It expands access to lifesaving treatment and recovery services. It will fix a broken system, and in turn make my job less heartbreaking. Instead of discharging a patient and hoping for the best, I’ll be able to connect them with services that are patient-centered, trauma-informed, and evidence based.”

—Taryn Seidel-Hart, Nurse Practitioner in an opinion

 

Ashland Daily Tidings

“We in Oregon can make history in this election by passing Ballot Measure 110. The Drug Addiction and Recovery Act acknowledges that addiction is, first and foremost, a challenge to public health, not public safety, and establishes the mechanisms to meet that challenge.”

—Herbert Rothschild Jr. in an opinion.

 

Forest Grove News Times

“My family did everything they could to help me access treatment. But long wait lists and the huge cost for out-of-state private treatment centers made it hard to find help. Finally, I was one of the lucky few able to get into a local treatment facility. Treatment, not jail, is what made the difference in my life. Measure 110 will make this opportunity for recovery available to more people across Oregon.

—Bridget Basset, RN in an opinion

Clackamas Review

“My brother’s story is just one of many in Oregon, where our access to treatment is ranked nearly last in the nation. Measure 110 allows anyone in Oregon who wants treatment to receive it and simultaneously decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of drugs. Breaking down the barriers created by the cost of treatment and fear of criminalization would be a wonderful start in meaningfully combatting drug addiction in our communities.

—Katrina Dimick, a Milwaukie resident, in an opinion.

Portland Business Journal

Measure 110 will save money. It’s expensive to arrest, adjudicate, incarcerate and supervise someone in a misdemeanor drug possession case. According to ECONorthwest, it can cost as much as $35,217 per person per year. Treatment generally costs a fraction of that amount.”

—Tom Imeson, retired Vice President of Public Affairs for NW Natural, in an opinion.

The Daily Astorian

“Instead of criminalizing people who need health care, Measure 110 will remove unfairly harsh punishments for minor, nonviolent drug offenses, incentivize people to pursue treatment and increase access to drug treatment through the establishment of addiction recovery centers throughout the state.”

—Lynda Chick, nurse in an opinion.

The East Oregonian

[T]he way our systems are set up to handle addiction isn’t working. Many people who are addicted to drugs have to deal with criminal charges instead of figuring out how to get help for their health problem. This is because Oregon has criminalized low level possession of drugs, which only makes things worse for the person with the addiction and costs taxpayers a lot of money.”

— Henry Lorenzen, a former federal prosecutor, Pendleton wheat rancher, lawyer and civic leader, in an opinion.

Tigard Times

“Using funds from Oregon’s existing marijuana tax, Measure 110 will greatly expand access to drug treatment and recovery services throughout the state. Anyone who wants services will be able to get them, not just those who have the funds or the “right” insurance plan. Measure 110 doesn’t legalize any drugs. It removes criminal penalties for small amounts of personal possession of drugs and connects people with drug treatment and recovery services.”

—Harold Bray, Air Force vet, in an opinion.

Salem Statesman

“Other than removing criminal penalties for low-level possession, no changes will be made in the criminal code for other offenses. Measure 110 will enhance addiction recovery services and increase the availability of other services to assist people in their recovery.”

—John French, a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician who has practiced in the Salem-Keizer area for nearly 30 years, in an opinion.

La Grande Observer

“We in Eastern Oregon particularly are in dire need of expanded services for addiction recovery. This measure would provide that. It will greatly expand access to drug treatment and recovery services throughout the state. Anyone who wants services will be able to get them, not just those who have the funds or the “right” insurance.”

 —Cami Bean, family nurse practitioner from La Grande, in an opinion.

Hillsboro News Times

Measure 110 shifts Oregon toward a health-based approach to addiction that works. It expands access to lifesaving treatment and recovery services. It will fix a broken system, and in turn make my job less heartbreaking. Instead of discharging a patient and hoping for the best, I’ll be able to connect them with services that are patient-centered, trauma-informed, and evidence based.”

  —Taryn Seidel-Hart, Emergency Room Nurse Practitioner, in an opinion.

The Source Weekly

“The ripple into our schools and communities is just one reason to rethink our response to drug addiction. Instead, addiction should be treated for what it is—a health care issue!”

   —Anna Rhodes, teacher from Central Oregon, in an opinion.

Newport News Times

This initiative addresses addiction by expanding access to addiction treatment and recovery services throughout the state, including communities like ours. Right now, not all communities have this, and many of the ones that do are overcrowded and must turn away people when they are ready for recovery.”

      —Claire Hall, member of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, in an opinion.

The Jewish Review

Measure 110 would specifically invest in expanding access to treatment services that are culturally responsive, trauma-informed and patient-centered. It would expand access to peer support and recovery services to assist people in remaining clean and sober. Housing, both stabilized and transitional, for persons with substance use disorder would also be funded through the measure.”

Rabi Debra Kolodny,  spiritual leader of Portland’s UnShul and as executive director of Portland United Against Hate, a coalition of more than 80 community organizations, neighborhood groups, agencies and local governments working together to support those targeted by hate, in an opinion.

Street Roots

“As advocates for Oregon’s most vulnerable populations, with more than 40 years of combined experience, we’re urging you to do more than just vote yes.

   —Haven Wheelock, a homeless rights advocate with Outside In, and Steve Rudman, the former executive director of Home Forward, in an opinion.

Eugene Weekly

“The measure would make more treatment and recovery services available to those who need it and want it, in the Eugene-Springfield area and across the state. It also has the potential to reduce the social stigma around addiction; if addiction is a health issue, not a crime, there will be less shame and shaming, and people can more easily seek help. Those who want and need treatment would be able to get it — not just those who have money and the right insurance plan. “

—Chris Hecht, executive coordinator of White Bird Clinic, in an  opinion.

Oregon City

“Measure 110 will remove criminal penalties for small amounts of personal possession of drugs and connect people with drug treatment and recovery services. The measure does not legalize drugs, but greatly expands access to drug treatment and recovery services throughout Oregon using funds from our state’s existing marijuana tax. Oregon is in the midst of an addiction crisis; we rank nearly last in the country in access to drug addiction treatment. One to two Oregonians die from drug overdose every day; if I hadn’t been able to access treatment when I did, that could have easily been me.”

                 —Bridget Bassett, RN, in an opinion.

Baker City Herald

“Measure 110 will make treatment available on-demand so that when someone reaches out for help, the hand of recovery will be reaching back. As part of this shift to a health-based approach to addiction, Measure 110 will also remove criminal penalties for low-level drug possession. That means, should Measure 110 become law, when someone needs help for their addiction, they’ll be offered treatment instead of being sent to jail for possession of a small amount of drugs.”

—Heidi Hug, CADC II, CRM, QMHA certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, in an opinion.

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