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Law Enforcement Groups Push Newsom To Veto Safe Injection Site Bill

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The California Narcotics Officers’ Association on Friday urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto Senate Bill 57, which would establish safe injection sites in San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles.

Current state and federal law prohibit knowingly and willfully allow people to take illegal drugs in a space, but SB 57 would eliminate the prohibition and launch pilot consumption sites in the cities.

The bill passed both houses of the state Legislature and is now awaiting approval from Newsom.


SB 57 was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. The city Wiener represents saw 711 fatal overdoses in 2020, 640 in 2021 and expects similar or higher numbers in 2022, city health officials said.

John Lovell, the legislative advocate for the California Narcotics Officers’ Association, said that the bill, while “nobly intentioned,” was “poorly drafted” and would produce “bad results.”

Lovell said that continuous use of injection sites reaches only 5 percent of drug users, while creating a “magnet effect” of drug dealing, drug use, homelessness, crime and violence in the community surrounding the site.

Tak Allen, president of the International Faith Based Coalition and the Congress of Racial Equality, said that the communities most likely to be impacted by these sites and the increased drug use around them are underserved, struggling neighborhoods.

Allen cited a lack of transparency about secondary effects as a concern for SB 57.

“We haven’t spoken about the overdoses that take place right outside the doors,” Allen said. “We don’t have a full picture as to what is being requested.”

The pilot program that would be established by SB 57 if it is signed by Newsom would begin in 2023 and last for five years.

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert expressed concern on behalf of the California District Attorneys Association that the bill would have the government “aiding and abetting that drug usage.”

Schubert said that California has a responsibility to look out for the safety of children who might encounter more open drug use as a result of the passage of SB 57.

“Is this really in the best interest of the citizens of our state, our businesses and, perhaps most importantly, our children?” Schubert said.

Ed Pecis, the first vice president and incoming president of the California Narcotics Officers’ Association, said that he “vehemently opposes” the bill, favoring instead a focus on rehabilitation services.

Pecis, who also works as a chaplain for the drug treatment center Haven House, said that drug users must be held accountable, but addiction should be recognized as a disease that needs help.

The former officer also said drug users can be motivated with enforcement of laws against illegal drugs, including taking away the custody of drug users’ children.

“If there’s anything I’ve seen that works to motivate moms, it’s to take the children out of the home,” Pecis said.

Ron Brooks, the executive director of the National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition, said the sites will not help in preventing overdoses, citing Vancouver and the Netherlands who have established sites and seen an increase in overdoses.

“There is no safe way to do that,” Brooks said. “These are not safe.”

Jim Cooper, a state assemblymember and the sheriff-elect of Sacramento County, and Dr. Roneet Lev, former chief medical officer of the White House National Drug Policy, said the better solution is to focus on establishing more rehabilitation and drug treatment programs.

Wiener, the author of the bill, has said that using safe injection sites should be done in conjunction with efforts to expand treatment options, rather than siding with one or the other.

“Our local communities are in crisis with people dying of overdoses on our streets, and they are coming to us and asking us for permission to do this. They’re asking us for permission to save lives. It is our responsibility as a state to support our local communities and to let them try this out,” Wiener said Wednesday.

Newsom’s decision to sign or veto the bill will soon determine whether the injection sites will be established in the three cities.


Ricardoh August 13, 2022 - 10:23 AM

That’s what we need safe injection sites for illegal substances. Probably makes sense to those slow on the uptake.

Captain Bebops August 13, 2022 - 12:32 PM

Probably because they want to legalize all drugs because they’re turning this planet into the Brave New World. What you need is alternative medicine to solve the problem of why people want the stuff in the first place. They could replace the effect they get with some meditation techniques and herbal remedies. The cures for drug addiction are too harsh and for the benefit of staff at medical facilities not the patient.

Dorothy August 13, 2022 - 10:33 AM

If buying, selling, or using illegal drug is suppose to be a crime why have “safe” injection sites? Wouldn’t be more worth the cost of those kinds of sites to actually go after the importers and sellers? Oh yes, and without a swinging door policy to keep such importers and sellers locked up for more than just a short time?

Snakekeeper August 13, 2022 - 11:04 AM

“Poorly drafted ”
“Bad results”
From a politician!

S August 13, 2022 - 11:05 AM

“I told you so!” won’t be long off….

Phil August 13, 2022 - 11:22 AM

Do we want them shooting up in plain view in public (Civic Center Plaza in the City is notorious for it.) or in a private place with clean works? We’re not stopping any of it. Hell, drug companies and drug stores made sinful sums on addiction. ( Can you hear me now, Walgreens? ). I’d prefer it was removed from areas where children might gather.

Darwin August 13, 2022 - 6:15 PM

How about repeal Prop 47 and let Prop 36 do its job. In simple terms make drug use illegal again and give people the choice of jail or treatment.
Democrats are destroying everything

Cellophane August 13, 2022 - 11:23 AM

Anything Wiener supports is a bad thing.

It’s wrong to support drug addition.

The bottom line will be,

who gives the grease ball the most money.

Exit 12A August 13, 2022 - 11:28 AM

Wiener is a menace to a civilized society. He is a poison to law and order.
He should be removed.

Hayden Barsotti August 13, 2022 - 12:09 PM

Why don’t they subsidize the drugs to make it easier for the users. Makes sense to me. I guess they can also provide a room for the OD’ed user too.

MoJo August 13, 2022 - 12:30 PM

Wiener and the term “safe injection” should never be allowed in the same article.

Wesley Mouch August 13, 2022 - 12:33 PM

Do most Americans favor “opium dens”? If this governor signs SB57 into law, we will know whether he has aspirations for higher office, or is an odd cypher.

Parent August 13, 2022 - 12:34 PM

So will Newscum stand with the police and veto this I’ll, or against them and approve it. Based on past history, I expect him to sign this into law (kinda surprised he has t already) immediately once it hits his desk.

Drugs use is illegal! Why would give them a safe place to do a crime? O wait, Weiner is involved and this is California.

Randy August 13, 2022 - 1:38 PM

Good for LE! I really resent my tax $$ being spent for the pacification of injection sites for illegal drug users…

Cautiously Informed August 13, 2022 - 1:39 PM

Newscum couldn’t care less about the safety of communities and law abiding citizens. He’s demonstrated that fact numerous times.

CJRN August 13, 2022 - 2:26 PM

Does anyone actually think that someone who is using illegal drugs is going to purchase from their dealer and then go in search for a government-run “safe” injection site to shoot up?

Probably not.

America August 13, 2022 - 3:46 PM

Hopefully, the social workers will encourage the addicts to follow them to the safe sites. Milk and cookies will also be made available…

Bob August 13, 2022 - 10:11 PM

It was one helluva run, America…….

HappyPappy August 14, 2022 - 1:09 PM

Hey Governor……..you reading this? No one likes your insane Injection Site Bill.
Stupid voters, what do they know, you just keep doing exactly as Aunt Nancy orders. Some day she’ll make you emperor. And don’t forget to pardon Uncle Paul.

The Fearless Spectator August 14, 2022 - 8:25 PM

Gavin is owned.
He’ll support whatever his marketing benefactors tell him to support.
I can’t imagine what it’s like to be owned; it can’t be especially rewarding.

Clam Bake August 15, 2022 - 11:23 AM

Good luck getting pain medication for a LEGITIMATE reason. No Dice – even for a week or two. It’s nearly impossible. I guess that’s for the best – but most of my friends and family are UNDER medicated for legitimate reasons.

American Citizen August 15, 2022 - 11:58 AM

Just go to the sites, arrest the users and then threaten them with a long jail sentence unless they give up the supplier. Then throw them in the can anyway. This way they don’t commit thefts to feed their drug habit.

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