Stephen Muser at February 14, 2020 at 10:47am PST

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 at February 14, 2020 at 12:07pm PST

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 at February 17, 2020 at 8:13am PST

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 at February 17, 2020 at 10:00am PST

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 at February 17, 2020 at 3:31pm PST

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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Nate Daly at February 17, 2020 at 7:55pm PST

I am in full support of the needle distribution program. Until the city/state has a fully funded treatment program or safe injections sites, clean needle distribution is our best harm reduction alternative.

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