Portland is one of the largest cities in the country that doesn’t use the mineral to fight tooth decay.
Mayor Kitty Piercy says it’s been on the radar in the past, probably some eight years ago, but it’s not on the radar right now.
About 70 organizations and groups from Portland are lobbying their commissioners on the issue, and a heated debate is expected in September.
The Lane County Health and Human Services Department says the issue is definitely on its radar and would love to see fluoride added in to water here in our area. It says there are major health benefits to having it in the water.
“We are looking at the specific needs here in Lane County, but are they setting a precedent there? Yes. And will we pay attention to what’s going on there? Yes,” said Jason Davis of Lane County Health and Human Services.
On the city side, this issue though would have to go through council.
Opponents argue there are studies that link fluoride to possible brain problems. Lane County Health and Human Services says to its knowledge those studies are not conclusive.