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State Tries to Block Local Control Over Needle Programs

Mar 17, 2021 12:00AM ● By By Curtis Grima, Office of James Gallagher

YUBA CITY, CA (MPG) – Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) alerted the public of a new attempt to circumvent local control over dangerous needle giveaway programs. Gallagher is encouraging California counties, cities and members of the public to make their voices heard in opposition to the proposed regulatory changes by the California Department of Public Heath (CDPH).

“Everyone saw what a disaster the needle giveaway program was in the City of Chico,” said Gallagher. “The state should be spending more time on vaccine delivery and opening schools and less time trying to put needles in the hands of drug addicts.”

CDPH states that some local governments that do not support the establishment of authorized Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) are taking steps to circumvent the intent of state law by blocking SEPs from operating through restrictive local ordinances. By changing the regulations, CDPH is attempting to completely eliminate local control over the establishment of these needle giveaway programs.

Gallagher is urging every City government, County government and concerned community member to log their opposition to the regulations. 

How to Oppose the Proposed CDPH Regulations - Email [email protected] with “Syringe Exchange Program Regulatory Consistency” in the subject line. Deadline for comments is April 5th.


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