Oregonians deserve real solutions.
We all have deep frustrations and concerns about the homelessness, drug addiction, and mental health crises in Oregon and across the nation. We must choose real solutions, not scare tactics.
The data is clear: Access to drug treatment and housing -- not harsher criminal penalties -- are the solution to the epidemic of drug addiction.
This is what Oregonians are demanding from local and state lawmakers.
It's plain common sense. We cannot arrest our way out of homelessness, drug use or poverty.
The ACLU urges lawmakers to support evidence-based solutions that prevent crime by addressing the root causes, like affordable housing, mental health and addiction services, and economic growth.
Oregon voters say no to failed war on drug policies
We can’t expect police to solve every social problem from kids skipping school to mental illness, homelessness and addiction. It's time for solutions that let mental health and drug treatment professionals help people who need and want treatment, freeing up police to focus on violent crime.
Oregon voters want these real solutions:
- Increasing addiction treatment with recovery housing
- Increasing affordable housing and reducing poverty
- Creating more safe and accessible shelters and temporary housing options to help homeless people into short-term housing
- Creating work programs for trash clean-up and neighborhood revitalization efforts
- Sending crisis counselors, instead of police, to respond to 911 calls about people having mental health or addiction crises