The City of Chico should work with the County of Butte to halt the needle "exchange" currently being operated by the NVHRC. The "exchange" is not an exchange at all, but rather a needle giveaway. It is enabling drug addicted individuals to more easily continue their self-destructive lifestyle with no expectation of change or encouragement to seek rehabilitation. It is the opposite of compassionate. At the same time, the needles being discarded improperly are endangering the other 99% of the population and degrading the environment. Orange County has successfully banned needle "exchanges" in their county. The City of Chico and Butte County should work together to shut down this program.

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Peggy Jarolin 5 months ago

Adopt and execute the strategy and process successfully employed by Orange County to shut down the needle "exchange" in the City of Chico and Butte County. NVHRC is grossly out of compliance with the rules by which they are chartered to operate this "exchange" on several levels, one of the most egregious being not picking up the discarded needles as REQUIRED. This is placing the job directly on the shoulders of our CPD officers who have to spend their time and effort to keep the public safe from the discarded and highly dangerous needles littering every inch of our city. Shut it down!

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Jennifer Johnson 5 months ago

This program must be banned! Why are we allowing drug addicted homeless individuals to come and shoot up and dirty our city with their disease ridden dirty needles?! I no longer feel safe to take my kids to the park after seeing several needles in caper acres. Health and safety of our community and law abiding citizens must come first!

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Gary Viertell 5 months ago

We need to halt the needle giveaway immediately. This is not an exchange. It’s a dangerous enabling device that is being used. Horrible for the addicts and horrible for non addicts as well.

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Erica Adams 5 months ago

The whole needle distribution is nothing more than a way to enable practicing drug addicts. I support a complete ban on needle distribution.

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Daniel Bringolf 5 months ago

This program needs to have more accountability. Until then, I will not support it.

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Logan McKiernan 4 months ago

The needle program needs to go. Its attracting more transients and drug use in our community which brings more crime and trash. Chico is not the safe place it used to be. I've lived here my whole life and its completely changed upside down in the last few years.

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Ed Holohan 4 months ago

We don't need any more homeless or drug people in Chico. Do DO NEED OUR ROADS REPAIRED

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Tyler Rogers about 1 month ago

It's crazy how slowly but surely the Government and other large organizations start to become the biggest drug dealers, pushers and pleasers right under everyone's nose.. Well hopefully we come to our senses and realize that just exchanging needles will by no means help resolve the underlying issue of the drugs and addiction itself. Do we not see that the PEOPLE need to be invested into! We want our children and city safe, then we need to invest in the people who are struggling with the drugs, not enabling them to "do it safely", thats BS! What's going to be next? Offering "safer" spaces for pedophiles to lerk and creep on our kids? Where is the line anymore?! Tyler | Website

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Julie Threet at July 08, 2020 at 10:48pm PDT

100% agree. We volunteer at Windchime every Sunday from 9-11 am. I was assaulted last Sunday and had to call CPD. A man shoved me up on my chest. He came flying out the tent crazed. We have it all on video. He took off fast on a bike . The weekend before a other volunteer was people openly doing drugs and he was assaulted. He too had to call CPD and he filed an assault report. They caught the individual who had a felony with warrants. The weekend before that a volunteer had to call the PD after an addict left her toddler in a hot van so she could stand in line for her needles. The toddler did not have any child seat or even a seat belt. It is a vicious cycle. Neighbors are afraid for their kids to play in the park which used to be a dirt lot until City paid for a beautiful park with the Windchime. We find needles every week. A needs based distribution is asking for all sorts of issues. They give as many as you want. People are seen with multiple boxes containing 500 each! People are known to be drug dealers who sell them with the drug. Or people from other cities who take them back and sell them. Redding requires an exchange. Bring 5, get 5. Anyway as you state. Orange County was able to have existing programs removed for all cities who were experiencing our same issues. And it was upheld by Superior Court. All our neighboring City Councils have banned them in advance including Oroville, Biggs, all Sutter & Yuba County and Marysville passed their Ordinance today!

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