After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization

Vanessa Caudel, a nurse, sits at her work station in the Great Circle treatment center on Feb. 24 in Salem, Ore., where she provides doses of methadone, which can relieve the “dope sick” symptoms a person in opioid withdrawal experiences. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

SALEM, Ore. — Two years after Oregon residents voted to decriminalize hard drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested the services and the state has been slow to channel the funds.