New law signed at crucial time for Santa Cruz will stop CEQA lawsuits blocking needle exchange

By Rachel Bluth / Kaiser Health News : lookout – excerpt

Opponents of free needle programs in California are using environmental regulations to shut them down. On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will end that strategy…

“We’re in the midst of an opioid crisis,” said Assembly member Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), a physician who wrote the bill Newsom signed, AB 1344. “We need all the tools that we have available for us to address this crisis head-on.”…(more)

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