Oregon is the only state in the United States. Department of State that has implemented this policy. (AP) Oregon police can no longer arrest a person for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other drugs, since a bill that decriminalized that person went into effect on Monday. The center receives funding from Oregon's pioneering drug decriminalization law and illustrates an aspect of the new system, one year after its entry into force.
Last fall, Oregon voters decriminalized the possession of small amounts of almost all hard drugs, a revolutionary step away from the model of arrest, prosecution and imprisonment for possession, which has been a centerpiece of U.S. drug policy since President Richard Nixon declared his war on drugs 50 years ago this week. However, Brian Pacheco, of the Drug Policy Alliance, said that people with drug problems need a variety of options, including harm reduction services, housing assistance, peer support and, for those who cannot get insurance or Medicaid, access to treatment centers.