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CA Department of Public Health approves needle program for Chico

The California Department of Public Health has approved a needle distribution plan for Chico.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 3:41 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2019 6:42 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The California Department of Public Health has approved a needle distribution plan for Chico.

The North Valley Harm Reduction Coalition said that the California Department of Public Health Office of AIDS authorized their plan to provide syringes and disposal services to neighbors and community members in Butte County.

City Manager Mark Orme and City Councilman Sean Morgan said the city really had no say in the program, it was a state-level decision.

The program will be administered by the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition volunteers. It will take place on Sundays from 9 to 11 a.m.

The authorization is effective from October 2019 through October 2021. 

Law enforcement said they support the work of the coalition but are concerned about litter and the locations are chosen.

Some people in Chico have mixed views on the idea, but Councilman Sean Morgan says he is not for it. 

"Is it good for the families, is it good for the business owners, is it good for the kids that are playing on the playgrounds getting stuck with needles? Is it good for the police officers we have had two or three stuck with needles, no it is good to help the heroin addicts not getting HIV or hepatitis, and I am all for those people getting help, but all we are doing is putting more needles on the street," said Morgan. 

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