Advocates For Safe Injection Sites Bill Don’t Lose Hope Despite Defeat
The bill fell two votes shy of the 21 needed to approve the measure and a number of lawmakers were absent.
Safe Injection Site Bill Fails To Pass In California
The failure of a California bill to make it the first state in the country to legalize safe injection sites for drug users has not deterred proponents, which include many providers and public health experts. California bill AB 186 would have allowed Alameda, Humboldt, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Joaquin counties to approve facilities specifically designed to allow for the consumption of drugs. The bill fell two votes shy of the 21 needed to approve the measure before the end of the state's legislative session on Friday. A number of lawmakers were absent for the vote last week, giving Dr. Paula Lum, professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco hope that the issue will be revisited in the next session in January. (Johnson, 9/18)