In pro(re)gressive land, everyone is a victim and not responsible for their actions, so there should be no crimes. One nuts idea is to de-criminalize all drug use. Now I actually think putting drug users in jail probably isn’t going to do much to help them. But the users are also often dealers and decriminalizing drug use has always been accompanied by ignoring drug trafficking, which provides huge profits to gangs and leads to corruption and other criminal activity. Oregon, really the Portland area, has the worst drug addiction problem in the country, in part because the state has decriminalized any drug use, leading to massive numbers of homeless who openly use drugs of all types, leading to the ruination of the city of Portland and its suburbs.
The state has a program to try to treat and help drug users instead of jailing them. As this newspaper article points out, that program has been an abject failure. (Oregon Article) It hasn’t done a thing to stop drug use and overdose deaths are up by over 20%. The state wants to spend even more money on this failed program, as though funding is the problem. I am sorry to have to say that human nature is not such that people voluntarily stop using drugs. I worked in drug treatment centers as a young adult and it was eye-opening. You have to force people into confinement to have any chance at interrupting the addictive behavior and it takes forever. So whether you want to call it a crime or not, there has to be an ability to forcibly put users of addictive drugs whose lives are out of control into treatment.
Meanwhile, the money is flowing to drug cartels and gangs and states like Oregon have so eviscerated their police forces that they are powerless to stop this criminal activity. And those drug cartels and gangs don’t want addicts to get treatment; like anyone they want to keep their customers. You would think that people look at these looney-tune policies and vote the knuckleheads who enact them out of office. Nope. So we have almost all our major cities going completely down the tubes.