Take Washington State as an example; as a result of its pitiful policy of decriminalizing narcotics, the state has had approximately 3,000 overdoses in the past year alone.
According to the CDC, the number of drug overdoses in Washington State increased by about 22% in the 12-month period that ended January 31. Maine, with 716 overdose fatalities, came in second.
According to a previous Big League Politics study, liberal states like Oregon are experiencing “record-high overdoses” as a result of the legalizing of hard narcotics beyond 2020.
But it seems like Washingtonians are starting to wake up. According to reports, they are seeing this troubling trend and seeking reform as a result of having “the fastest-rising rates of overdoses from drugs of any state.”
“Seattle locals who are fed up with the situation are now saying they would favor prosecuting those who openly take drugs in public,” according to the Seattle Times, which claims that “the tide appears to have turned.”
Nearly 60% of the 500 people in Seattle surveyed by Suffolk University stated they were in favor of arrests for drug usage and possession.
Sara Nelson, a councilwoman for Seattle, remarked, “This is entirely in line with what I have been learning from my constituents since the day I was sworn into office.” She continued by saying that parents and business owners frequently express their worries about the widespread drug usage in the city.
Republicans launched portions of their campaigns in places like Oregon and Washington before the midterm elections against these initiatives to decriminalize narcotics.
Lilly Morgan, a Republican state representative, stated that “overdoses are rising at alarming rates… How long must we wait until it becomes apparent that we are actually saving lives?
According to Keith Humphreys, a specialist in addiction, “The Oregon ballot initiative was put forward to the general population as pro-treatment but in reality, it proved to be a total failure in that regard.”
Hopefully policy changes will result from this tragic overdose epidemic. Before the situation worsens, officials ought to speak up and take action because people are dying on the streets.
Washingtonians must be aware of their voting choices.