Karen in Legislation
March 3, 2021

Decriminalization Not a Silver Bullet For Americans, Part 1

With Oregon being the first state to decriminalize all drugs, it's time to look at how decriminalization can—or can't—be done in a way that does NOT increase deaths resulting from drug abuse. Part one of a two-part series.


Ren in Legislation
January 2, 2021

What Legalizing Drugs Will Do to Perceived Risk and Young Adult Drug Use

Oregon’s recent legalization of psychedelics for medicinal use raises many questions about the sense (or lack thereof) in legalizing mind-altering drugs, even for medicinal purposes.


Ren in Legislation
December 31, 2020

Oregon Decriminalizes Drugs—What This Means for the Future

In an effort to keep addicts out of jail, Oregon just voted to decriminalize possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone, and other hard drugs. However, many criticize the law for legalizing harmful substances.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
August 22, 2018

The Ten States with the Biggest Problems—What Makes Them Unique and How We Can Help Them

Just like with most things, there is a geographic influence in the drug problem. Some states and some areas are more harshly affected than others are. In this article, we’ll explore some of the more harshly affected areas that have been severely influenced by substance abuse.


Sue Birkenshaw
October 27, 2014

Troubles in Oregon and Massachusetts Point out the Problem with Legalization Efforts

On November fourth in Oregon, as in several other states, there is a vote about the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. As this takes place, Oregon struggles with a terrible problem with opiate use and addiction.