Republicans within the state Senate known as for Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a invoice that may enable three California communities to arrange clinics the place addicts can take medication beneath medical supervision.
Senate Invoice 57 would enable San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles to function pilot overdose-prevention applications the place addicts may take their medication safely, with overdose remedy and restoration applications out there.
The intent is to forestall deaths, and related applications are in operation in Canada and Australia, however Senate Republicans say the impact will likely be to create sanctioned “drug dens.”
Newsom’s predecessor, Jerry Brown, vetoed an analogous invoice in 2018.
“This harmful measure endangers neighborhoods, communities, and companies,” mentioned Sen. Brian Jones, who represents East County. “Permitting individuals to get greater than a kite on heroin and different harmful medication, then turning them free afterwards onto the streets is simply loopy.”
Republican chief Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita despatched Newsom a letter signed by all occasion members urging a veto.
“The legislature should work in tandem with regulation enforcement to get illicit medication off our streets and maintain drug sellers accountable for the lives they wreck,” mentioned Wilk. “SB 57 doesn’t try this and will finally end in harmless individuals changing into victims to the crimes and hazards surrounding drug abuse.”
However the invoice’s sponsor, Sen. Scott Weiner of San Francisco, mentioned the laws would save lives.
“San Francisco and different California cities are experiencing document overdose deaths, and secure consumption websites are a confirmed technique to save lots of lives and assist individuals into restoration,” he mentioned.
The laws handed on Aug. 1 with all Senate Republicans voting no.