Biggs City Council votes to approve ban on needle exchange programs

The Biggs City Council voted Tuesday night to approve a ban on needle exchange programs.

Posted: Apr 15, 2020 1:00 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2020 1:00 PM

BIGGS, Calif. - The Biggs City Council voted Tuesday night to approve a ban on needle exchange programs.

The vote was unanimous. The ordinance will head back to the city council for a final reading and vote. If approved, the ban would take effect 30 days later.

The Oroville City Council approved a similar ban on needle exchange programs on April 7, 2020. That ban takes effect next month.

Meanwhile in Chico, a group of Chico citizens, businesses and civic leaders announced Tuesday they have filed a lawsuit to halt the syringe distribution program in Chico.

The suit alleges a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), failure to abate a public nuisance, a writ of mandate to set aside the unlawful approval of North Valley Harm Reduction Coalition (NVHRC) in violation of local ordinances and certification of a non-entity and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. 

The objective of the lawsuit is to stop the NVHRC operations in Chico, and to restore the safety and security of the community.

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