The City Council has once again fallen for another feel-good program endorsed by progressives. It didn’t take much coaxing either, just a rubber stamp of approval from the progressive community and our libs jumped on it.
Look folks, the needle program is nothing new. Its been tried and where it has there have been serious problems. Commonly called the needle exchange program or NEP for short, has been ongoing for decades and there is ample evidence that its not the answer.
The council need only do a little research to see how its worked in other communities and then they would know the NEP has a serious downside! But, not these clowns, they are die-hard liberals and you can’t get through to them with facts or logic. This acronym “NEP” is not quite correct either. You see, there is very little, if any, “exchange” going on. It’s really a needle giveaway. If there were a one to one exchange it might make a little more sense.
But, I’m not an addict so why should I care? Well, let me explain! I’m a retired narcotics officer and I spent a good part of my life fighting drug pushers. They are dangerous people, often part of a large criminal enterprise and they were being supported by hard core drug users. Is it any wonder that I’m offended that my tax dollars should be going to facilitate some drug addicted bum’s bad habit? In a way, that makes me his hostage, a codependent to a drug addict and I hate that!
Giving away syringes to drug addicts send the wrong message, we’re saying in effect government condones your addiction. And I say, well, then why bother with narcotic laws if government is going to give drug paraphernalia to drug addicts and pushers?
Okay, in fairness I will admit that its a fact that the transmission of hepatitis and AIDS might be delayed by the use of clean needles, but this requires the total cooperation of the drug abuser. We are asking him/her to make a good choice, a good decision and ONLY use a clean needle 100% of the time. Reality says, that’s too much to expect from addicts. So the NEP is not really getting us anywhere. People we still get AIDS and HEP, but maybe not quite as quickly.
Opponents of the NEP have the evidence that giving needles away does nothing to cure drug addiction, quite the opposite, it only makes it easier while putting the community at risk. This is what we need to take into consideration, what is the NEP doing to communities? Forget about the junkies and bums for a minute, what is it doing to an otherwise good community? Is crime going up? Are overdoses continuing? Is illegal drug use going up? Is violence escalating? These are the tough question that can be answered through a little investigation that the city council has yet to do!
Time after time, in the cities across America, wherever they have this needle program, the syringes are turning up in the worst possible places, like school gorunds, playgrounds, arks, sidewalks, etc. As a result, even radical San Francisco is calling for a ban on the needle giveaway program. They have learned the hard way how this creates a health problem for the entire community…funny they couldn’t have seen that coming?
Check this out- San Francisco filed a report dated April, 2019 that said in part: “Thousands of needles are scattered on city streets, most likely came the Department of Public Health’s needle exchange program.”
In Orange County, following a lawsuit initiated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the Superior Court found in 2018 that the harm of the needle giveaway to the public outweighed the social effectiveness of the Orange County Needle Exchange Program and enjoined (stopped) the California Department of Public Health and OCNEP from operating the program in Orange County.
The public safety of our residents comes first,” said Supervisor Andrew Do, chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “We fought to make sure our sidewalks, parks and libraries did not become hazardous waste sites. This drug needle giveaway is a serious threat to public safety.” Obviously, the liberals on the Chico City Council doesn’t share the same concern for their citizens as Orange County.
Many liberal cities are reluctantly coming to the same conclusion as Orange County. This includes New York City. NYC found it was ultimately a bad idea. It addresses only HIV and hepatitis infections and does nothing about the other criminal, medical and social aspects of drug addiction.
- Giving out clean needles does not discourage drug dependence.
- Addicts still are prone to death, perhaps not from HIV, but from overdose, collapsed veins, poisoned dope, or the violence and criminality that go along with the illicit drug trade.
- Drug-addicted mothers will still deliver drug-addicted babies.
- Sterile needles don’t address the underlying problems addicts are avoiding.
- Sterile needles offer the path of least resistance rather than address underlying psychoses.
- Drugs destroy families when all the house money is paying for drugs, lawyers and treatment.
- It does nothing to stop drug gangs from killing one another.
- A needle exchange sanctions bad behavior. It suggests that if you’re persistent enough doing the wrong thing, you’ll be rewarded with official permission to keep doing it.
And there’s more – Among the vocal opponents to the free needle plan, state Sen. Ron Rice of Newark sees needles – clean or dirty – as another destructive element in the inner city communities that he represents. He’s one of the plaintiffs in a pending suit that challenges needle exchange.
There are better ways of attacking the drug problem than legally sanctioning a clean-needle-giveaway – such as creating more opportunities for counseling, funding rehab clinics, and providing more health care coverage for uninsured drug users.
Needle-exchange programs never want to address the less tangible issues that lead people into drug dependence and how drug addicted criminal behavior impacts a community.