Federal funds would be barred to any state, local, tribal or private entity that operates an illegal injection site under legislation sponsored March 9 by U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA).
The Illegal Drug Injection Sites Act, HR 7029, would withhold federal funds if these entities set up and operate drug injection sites, which are public facilities where people could use illegal drugs under supervision. medical without legal consequences, according to the information provided by the deputy. Office.
Under the bill, federal funds would not be withheld from Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) or Byrne Jag grants that fund community policing and safety services, according to the reports.
“However well intentioned, using taxpayer dollars to allow individuals to use heroin, fentanyl and opioids in spaces in our communities will only increase crime and dangerous debris while providing negligible benefits to those struggling with addiction,” Rep. Herrera Beutler said. “There is no doubt that the drug epidemic which killed a record 100,000 people last year demands a more comprehensive response from policy makers, but setting up injecting rooms in our communities does not is not a solution at all.”
The introduction of HR 7029 follows comments made to The Associated Press in February by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), which reportedly said it was evaluating such facilities and discussing appropriate safeguards with regulators.
Such action, however, would contradict a Jan. 12 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit which determined that it is a federal crime to open a supervised injection site or “safety room.” consumption” for the use of illegal drugs. The court agreed with the government’s interpretation of the controlled substances law that while “the opioid crisis may call for innovative solutions, local innovations may not violate federal law.”
“My goal as a co-founder of the bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force is to provide solutions that lead to effective prevention and treatment that are accessible to all, but also address the concerns of residents. respectful of laws regarding spikes in crime and dangerous debris that make our communities less safe and livable,” said Rep. Herrera Beutler.