Spurred by drug deaths, Legislature advances idea of supervised injection sites – California News

Spurred by drug deaths, Legislature advances idea of supervised injection sites – California News

Many California communities could open centers inviting addicts to shoot up hard drugs under a little-noticed bill that has cleared the state Assembly and now awaits a vote on the Senate floor. The goal is to reduce deaths.

Here’s how the concept — modeled after a supervised drug injection facility in Vancouver, Canada — works: A user walks into a government-run clinic with some heroin in his pocket. He’s greeted by a nurse who directs him to wash his hands before offering an array of clean needles. He sits down at a sterile booth, rolls up a sleeve and shoots up. As the high sinks in, he makes his way to a chill-out room for a cup of coffee or juice. There, staff watch for signs of overdose, prepared to administer life-saving medication if needed.

Nothing like this exists in the United States.

Assembly Bill 186 would make California the first state in the nation to permit illegal drug use in designated places — and would…

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