L.A. Weekly writer Isai Rocha reports that California Governor Gavin Newsom has vetoed a state bill that, as a from of overdose treatment, would allow safe and sterile injection sites. Senate Bill 57 was authored by Senator Scott Wiener in 2020, and stated that the sites would provide a “hygienic space” for supervised and controlled drug consumption.
“It is possible that these sites would help improve the safety and health of our urban areas, but if done without a strong plan, they could work against this purpose,” Newsom said. “These unintended consequences in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland cannot be taken lightly. Worsening drug consumption challenges in these areas is not a risk we can take.”