Oregon Gov. declares state of emergency as fentanyl deaths escalate

Oregon leaders came together Tuesday to declare a 90-day state of emergency in Portland after fentanyl-related deaths skyrocketed in recent months, following a 2020 law the state enacted to decriminalize some hard drugs. 

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek (D), Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and the city’s county chairwoman Jessica Vega Pederson announced that the Democrat-led city would be working with first responders to direct people addicted to synthetic opioids to a new emergency command center. 

“Our country and our state have never seen a drug this deadly and addictive, and all are grappling with how to respond,” Kotek said in a press statement. “The Chair, the Mayor and I recognize the need to act with urgency and unity across our public health and community safety systems to make a dent in
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