Experts are discovering that heroin is easy to find in Portland. It took one undercover reporter a few hours of tracking it down before he had a baggie in his hand.
A Multnomah County prosecutor says the current system isn’t working. He wrote a bill aimed at reducing overdoses by classifying heroin addicts as mentally ill. The legislature would have required that addicts undergo treatment to avoid prison. The bill died in committee last session but will be re-introduced. Disability Rights Oregon and the ACLU of Oregon opposed the bill.
Has heroin affected you, your family or your community? What is your reaction to the numbers revealing a spike in deaths by overdose? Have you tried to buy heroin in Oregon? What did you find?
- Brian Auker: Former heroin addict
- Chris Onstott: Photojournalist for the Portland Tribune
- Ryan Lufkin: Multnomah County prosecutor