California communities could open centers inviting addicts to shoot up hard drugs under a bill that has cleared the state Assembly and now awaits a vote on the Senate floor.
Here’s how the concept — modeled after a supervised drug injection center in Vancouver, British Columbia — works:
A user walks into a government-run clinic with 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 members watch for signs of overdose, prepared to administer life-saving medication if needed.
Nothing like this exists in the United States. AB186 would make California the first state in the nation to permit illegal drug use in designated places.
The Assembly bill would allow eight counties — San Francisco, Alameda, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Mendocino, San Joaquin and Santa Cruz — and the cities within them to approve supervised drug injection programs.
Visitors to the clinic would have to bring their own drugs, and they would be shielded from criminal charges for using at the site.
Hey, it’s how we roll in California…after all, everyone knows Americans love drugs.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle