May 26, 2017
First Supervised Consumption Services Bill to Win a Legislative Vote in U.S. Passes the California Assembly Public Safety Committee
AB 186 Needed to Reduce Drug Overdose Deaths, HIV and Hepatitis C in California
Bill Strongly Supported by Treatment Organizations, Including California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM), California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives (CAADPE), and Others
The Drug Policy Alliance’s bill, AB 186 (Eggman), made history as the first ever state bill on supervised consumption services (SCS) to win legislative votes in the U.S. It has now passed both the Assembly Public Safety Committee and the Assembly Health Committee, gaining support on health and pubic order grounds. A majority of legislators in each committee decided that these services were worth trying, to better address drug use in California. The bill would allow local jurisdictions to permit SCS and provide legal protections for the programs and participants. It creates a pilot program, allowing a limited number of jurisdictions to operate the services, and requires a report on the efficacy of the program.
“This is a huge step toward establishing a more effective, treatment-focused approach to drug addiction and abuse in California,” said Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman. “The committee’s input has done a great deal to refine the bill since I first introduced it last year, and its support clearly demonstrates the legislature’s willingness to consider bold ideas to get people to treatment and counseling, to protect public health and safety and, most importantly, to save lives. ”
The bill also passed the Assembly Health Committee by a vote of 9-4 and the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a vote of 4-3. Similar bills have been introduced in other states, including here in California last year, but none have ever won a vote. It goes next to the Assembly Floor.
AB 186 is co-sponsored by California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives (CAADPE), California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM), DPA, Harm Reduction Coalition, Project Inform, and Tarzana Treatment Center.
Following the legislative momentum in California, a New York coalition of healthcare professionals, public health experts, advocates, and people with a history of drug use launched a statewide campaign today calling for the creation of safer consumption spaces (SCS)/supervised injection facilities (SIF) in response to New York's overdose epidemic. The 10-day tour will stop in some of the NY communities that have been the hardest hit by the opioid overdose crisis, and feature Safe Shape, a model of a safer consumption space, and a panel discussion and community conversation. Quibble Creek Sobering Assessment Centre, Surrey, Colombie Britannique (demandeur : Fraser Health Authority)