Updated: Aug. 18, 2023, 10:40 a.m. | Published: Aug. 15, 2023, 6:00 a.m.
A few dozen Oregon moms and others concerned about addiction rallied at Woodstock Park in Southeast Portland on Sunday, May 8, 2022, calling for state officials with the Oregon Health Authority to take action against substance use. The rollout of Oregon’s Measure 110 to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of hard drugs is again in the spotlight after a former manager publicly criticized the state’s support for the program.
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The manager Oregon hired in August 2021 to run its Measure 110 drug decriminalization program went on extended medical leave a year later and resigned in July with a blistering letter that accused the Oregon Heath Authority of failing to ensure the program had adequate resources to move quickly enough.
Angela Carter’s letter, first made public last week by The Lund Report, comes as public scrutiny of the program has increased and as lawmakers have sought to address Measure 110′s shaky implementation.