California delays considering supervised sites for drug use

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Posted at 7:14 AM, Jul 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-07 10:14:30-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers will wait until next year to continue considering a bill that would give opioid users a place to inject drugs in supervised settings.

Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco said Tuesday that he was told the Assembly Health Committee will delay a hearing on his bill until January.

The measure would allow Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles County to start programs giving people a place to inject drugs while trained staff are available to help if they suffer accidental overdoses.

Currently the sites are illegal in the United States, but legal in Canada.