Portland Declares State of Emergency

Just three years after decriminalizing possession of all drugs, Portland, Oregon, has declared a 90-day state of emergency over its ongoing fentanyl crisis. On January 30, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek, Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler each made an emergency declaration addressing the health crisis.

Opioid overdose deaths in Oregon increased from 280 in 2019 to 956 in 2022, showing that drug decriminalization has failed.

Chemical attack: Americans are exposing themselves to a chemical attack. This ongoing assault has killed more than 1 million people since 1999. The weapon is illicit drug use, and Americans are killing themselves with it.

Liberals in Portland tried to reduce drug-trafficking crimes by decriminalizing possession of all hard drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl. This insane strategy only led to more deaths across the state of Oregon.

Spiritual sickness: Widespread approval of drug use is a sign of a terminal spiritual sickness the Bible calls pharmakeia. It is listed as a “work of the flesh” in Galatians 5:19-20. The King James Version translates this word as “witchcraft,” but a more exact translation is “use of drugs.”

Millions of Americans are using marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs for moments of hallucinatory euphoria in a vain attempt to fill a spiritual void. But that void can never be filled with physical things.

Learn more: Read No Freedom Without Law, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.