Chico City council member discusses frustration of needle distribution program

Butte County supervisors are set to discuss the controversial needle distribution program coming to Chico.

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 10:50 AM
Updated: Oct 22, 2019 10:58 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Butte County supervisors are set to discuss the controversial needle distribution program coming to Chico.

The State public health department approved the plan that was submitted by the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition. They said it's so people with drug additions can have clean needles and an easy way to safely dispose of used needles. 

However, not everyone is on board with the plan. Councilmember Sean Morgan said this program is causing more damage than good.

"We're tasked with protecting the entire community, Morgan said. "My concern is for the families and the kids on the playground, in the parks, and the youth playing soccer and all those things before these other people. I'm not saying their lesser people, I'm not saying they're not important, but they're leaving dirty needles throughout our community."

RELATED: CA Department of Public Health approves needle program for Chico

Moran said the city had no say in the decision. It was the state that decided to move forward with the plan.

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