Ted Gaines helps defeat Bill to create 'safe injection sites'

[Los Angeles Times]

Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) said safe injection sites would "create sanctioned shooting galleries for street heroin."...

A controversial proposal to allow certain California counties and cities to establish sites where people could inject drugs without legal consequences stumbled in the state Senate on Tuesday night.

The measure, by Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), would establish a first-in-the-nation program in which users of heroin and other intravenous drugs could inject in settings with clean needles and under the supervision of trained staff. The goal: to stave off overdoses in an era in which heroin use is on the rise...