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June 3, 2021 – A proposed new law would allow for supervised injection sites in some California counties. Supporters say it would reduce drug overdoses while critics say it would just normalize drug addiction.

More than 81,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. from June 2019 to May 2020, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is the highest number ever recorded in a 12-month period.  A proposed new law would allow for supervised injection sites in some California counties. Supporters say it would reduce drug overdoses while critics say it would just normalize drug addiction.

More than 81,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. from June 2019 to May 2020, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is the highest number ever recorded in a 12-month period.  

Opponents of the proposal from all over the world spoke out in a virtual news conference. on Wednesday.

“There is no safe way to inject illicit drugs into your system, simple as that,” said Chuck Doucette, a retired police officer and president of the Drug Prevention Network in Canada.

So far, the bill passed the Senate 21-11, with eight abstaining. The bill is expected to be heard in committee in the Assembly within a couple of weeks.

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