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Multnomah County Suspends Drug Paraphernalia Program

(Portland, OR) -- Multnomah County is suspending its plan to hand out aluminum foil and straws to promote smoking illegal drugs, like fentanyl, instead of injecting it. The decision was made following significant public opposition. County Commission Chair Jessica Vega Pederson said the program went forward without following proper procedures. She says the program has been suspended pending further analysis. Overdose deaths in the county have increased from 26 deaths in 2019 to 209 deaths in 2022.

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