There’s a reason why California is known as the land of fruits and nuts, and the latest bill proposed in the state is proof that things are only getting weirder and weirder.
Liberals are crazy about the whole idea of “safe spaces,” little designated areas where people “triggered” by folks with a different point of view from their own can go to escape the mental agony such ideas supposedly cause them.
Well, California is about to take this concept to a whole new level with a bill that suggests creating “safe spaces” for heroin users.
You can’t make this stuff up.
According to the Sacramento Bee:
Amid a surge of prescription opioid and heroin overdoses ravaging communities nationwide, one California lawmaker has an unconventional proposal: Create facilities for addicts to take drugs under the supervision of medical professionals.
Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman’s AB 186 would authorize governments in eight counties to test “safe injection sites” in areas with heavy opioid consumption. Adults could bring drugs they had already obtained and use them with clean needles and emergency care available. Under the bill, pilot programs would be allowed until 2022 in cities or unincorporated areas of Alameda, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Mendocino, San Francisco, San Joaquin, and Santa Cruz counties.
Though perhaps a counterintuitive solution, the Stockton Democrat acknowledged, research on these facilities in other countries has found they reduce overdoses and steer more people toward treatment by having health care providers on hand who can administer the opioid-blocking medication naloxone and refer visitors to services.
“It’s treating addiction as a public health issue and getting people help, rather than criminalizing it,” Eggman said.
Law enforcement groups oppose AB 186, which passed its first committee hearing late last month. Cory Salzillo, legislative director for the California State Sheriffs’ Association, said the bill “sends the wrong message about drug use” being sanctioned by the government, and could create liability issues for cities and counties that open sites.
“You may be able to monitor what happens inside of the facility while it’s happening,” he said, but not “what the aftereffects may be when the person leaves the facility.”
Eggman, a former social worker, said the “safe injection site” model is beneficial to addicts, who are more likely to be assaulted and get infections if they use on the streets, and to communities, which see a reduction in the number of people injecting publicly and dropping syringes in the surrounding area. Those staffing the facilities also develop relationships with drug users who visit regularly, she added, so when someone is ready to seek treatment for their addiction, they know where to turn for help.
This sounds an awful lot like enabling, doesn’t it? Isn’t that what all the cool, hip psychologist folk call it?
What could possibly go wrong with giving junkies a spot where they can shoot up safely?
At the end of the day you’ll still have people addicted to a dangerous substance that prevents them from being productive members of society.
Heroin is most definitely a problem sweeping across the country. It’s a complicated issue, requiring a complex solution…but this isn’t it.
Then again, when has the left ever really developed a solution to a problem facing society that didn’t actually cause an even bigger issue?
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]