Lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts, and more.
Hosted by Larry Mantle
Airs Weekdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

California mulls allowing safe spaces for IV drug users




Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont.
Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Listen to story

15:47
Download this story 7MB

A bill in Sacramento would make California the first state in the country where drug users could be provided with a place to inject.

The bill's author says the measure is aimed at reducing overdoses and other problems caused by drug abuse.

"In the U.S. we have criminalized rather than treated addiction as a medical or social issue," said Assemblywoman Susan Eggman (D-Stockton). "Our prisons are full of people suffering from issues of addiction. Being able to provide a safe place for someone to use also increases the likelihood that they [will] get into rehab."

Eggman's bill would allow cities and counties to authorize the creation of facilities "supervised by healthcare professionals or other trained staff where people who use drugs can consume preobtained drugs, sterile consumption supplies, and access to referrals to addiction treatment."

Read the full story here.

Guests:

Laura Thomas, deputy state director of the Drug Policy Alliance which co-sponsored AB 186

Dr. Damon Raskin, M.D., chief medical advisor for Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center; he is an internist board-certified in addiction medicine