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Portland's open-air drug market is laid bare as people smoke heroin on the streets and needles litter the sidewalks as city officials start homeless sweeps while a nearby city's mayoral candidate 'wants to round them up and use 'Japanese-style pods' to house them.
New photos taken by DailyMail.com show the current situation in Portland, a city that has been plagued with homelessness and addicts openly using drugs in broad daylight. Users were seen injecting themselves, slumping over in a semi-comatose state.
Discarded needles, human waste and the smell of urine adds another layer of tarnish to city's progressive policies - one of them being the Ballot Measure 110 decision, which has decriminalized hard drugs in the Democrat-run state.
Oregon was the first state in the United States to decriminalize possession of personal-use amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other drugs after voters approved a ballot measure in 2020 to decriminalize hard drugs.
But drug overdose deaths in the state also hit an all-time high in 2021 with 1069, a 41 percent increase from 2020, Fox News reported.
Now, Leslie Wright, who is a retired sergeant major in the U.S. Marine Corps and currently a mayoral candidate for the Portland suburb of Oregon City detailed his plan to use vacant schools for homeless shelters like 'the Japanese people.'
Photos show the current situation in Portland, where homeless people and addicts are on full display in public shooting up drugs or passed out in broad daylight. Pictured: A man is slumped over semi-comatose condition barely able to move
Homeless people are scattered across Portland, many of them using flattened out boxes to sleep on
In this aerial photo taken with a drone, pods in homeless camps were constructed in Portland, Oregon in 2020. Now, the Oregon City mayoral candidate wants to round up the homeless in Portland and place them in such pods at vacant schools
Kenneth Lebanno moves his belongings into a new pod setup by the city in Portland, Oregon on December 9, 2020