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After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization

FILE—Vanessa Caudel, a nurse, sits at her work station in the Great Circle treatment center  on Feb. 24, 2022, in Salem, Ore., where she provides doses of methadone, which can relieve the “dope sick” symptoms a person in opioid withdrawal experiences. Almost two years after Oregonians voted to decriminalize drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment services, the pioneering effort has been struggling to show progress. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File) RPOR701 RPOR701

Since Oregon voted in 2020 to decriminalize hard drugs and send hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested services and the state has been slow to channel the funds.

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