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Assemblyman Gallagher responds to state's failure to verify facts of Chico needle program

Assemblyman James Gallagher sent another letter urging the California Department of Public Health to verify whether or not the North Valley Harm Reduction coalition is in compliance with state law.

Posted: Mar 6, 2020 8:44 AM
Updated: Mar 6, 2020 10:02 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Assemblyman James Gallagher sent another letter urging the California Department of Public Health to verify whether or not the North Valley Harm Reduction coalition is in compliance with state law. That’s the non-profit behind Chico’s needle handout program.

Gallagher calls the program a serious public health issue. He said the health department’s initial response to his request ignored documented community complaints. 

Read Gallagher's full response below:

“Your response to a serious public health issue in Butte County is frustrating and completely unacceptable. It is clear from your response that the Department undertook little to no independent investigation into the documented community complaints about the NVHRC needle distribution program in Chico…. Your department seemed to just take NVHRC’s word that they are operating in compliance with state protocols. I have never heard of this type of oversight where regulators simply call the entity they are supposed to oversee and verbally ask if they were following all the rules.”

RELATED: Congressman LaMalfa announces legislation to defund needle programs

Read Gallagher's follow up letter to the California Department of Public Health below:

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