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Portland Council To Vote Wednesday On Fluoride

The Portland City Council votes Wednesday on whether to add fluoride to drinking water to fight tooth decay.

Portland is the largest U.S. city without fluoridation. Medical experts say it’s a safe and effective way to keep teeth healthy.

Opponents dispute whether fluoride is safe and say adding the mineral to drinking water violates a person’s right to consent to medication.

The ordinance calls for Portland’s water to be fluoridated by March 2014 at a projected upfront cost of $5 million. Mayor Sam Adams and two city commissioners have announced their support, ensuring a majority on the five-member council.


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