California bill to create ‘safe injection sites’ in San Francisco clears Assembly

The legislation comes just four months after former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure
Los Angeles Times (US)
Thursday, May 23, 2019

A bill that would allow San Francisco city officials to open facilities where people can inject drugs without legal consequences cleared the state Assembly. Assembly Bill 362 by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) would create a six-year pilot program in San Francisco giving drug users a place to inject themselves with intravenous drugs under clinical supervision. Eggman said that with overdose deaths on the rise nationally, California must try new strategies to address the epidemic. So-called safe injection sites, which are operated in Canada, Switzerland and eight other countries, offer treatment and connect users with social services such as housing.