Oregonians are having second thoughts about their decision to decriminalize drugs three years ago. They blame it for the state’s recent rise in overdose deaths. But a closer look at the data shows that Oregon has fared no worse than other states did when the fentanyl wave breached its borders.
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Economists and policy analysts have long understood that enforcing drug prohibition indirectly increases the drug overdose rate. Now there’s empirical evidence showing it directly increases the overdose rate as well.