Seattle to help the homeless safely inject drugs with medical mobile unit

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King County’s medical mobile unit

Seattle’s homeless crisis is exacerbated by the fact that the local area politicians and government officials believe that enabling an addiction is part of the solution.

Taxpayers are coughing up MILLIONS of dollars to provide assistance to those in need. Yet many of the homeless don’t want help any help.

The inhabitant of the “tent mansion” near Seattle Center has refused help from the city, choosing instead to live on the street, than follow the rules of a shelter. She said, “We don’t want to change our lifestyle to fit their requirements. We intend to stay here. This is the solution to the homeless problem. We want autonomy, right here.”

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office recently offered to help the homeless at an encampment. They brought in agencies to offer services and help with drug addiction. Out of the 50 campers there only one accepted the assistance.

King County already offers medical mobile units.

Yet Seattle, which recently approved a business “head tax” to solve their homeless crisis, is going ahead with their medical mobile unit. Guess they have to spend their recently-acquired taxpayer dollars somewhere.

From MyNorthwest.com: Seattle council members are looking to get around the dilemma of where to place a safe injection site by making it mobile. The city is now exploring what Human Services Department spokesperson Meg Olberding describes as a “large mobile medical van.”

The van would be akin to the medical RVs the county and city currently use to serve homeless residents. KIRO 7 reports that they will be much larger, however.  The option is referred to as “fixed-mobile.” A medical van would park at a fixed location, but return to a secure location every night.

“It is an option where we would actually lease or go into an agreement regarding a fixed site, and then with that, we would have a mobile van,” said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health Seattle-King County. “… this is potentially a very large vehicle that we would then house the consumption activity in.”

The mobile van would offer consumption booths and recovery space. According to Q13, the safe injection van would cost about $350,000; along with $1.8 million to get the van set up, and $2.5 million to operate it. Seattle has already set aside some money for a safe injection program and the van could be paid for from those funds.

“Obviously, there will continue to be concerns about the neighborhood, security of the neighborhood, about other activities happening in the neighborhood, so we would want to make sure we provide a safe area, not only for the neighbors but for the individuals who are using as well,” Duchin told the council.

The mobile option faces a similar issue that a fixed site does — where to park it. One thing is clear, the council doesn’t want to wait much longer. Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda said that she favors purchasing a van. The city would then conduct community outreach for potential locations.

“Every day we don’t move forward, people are at risk for overdose and death, so with that in mind and with this sense of urgency for the third time this year alone that you have heard us express this, I am calling on our mayor and our county as a whole to act with urgency so we can move forward this year,” Mosqueda said. “We have the resources in hand; we have the support from the broad public, and we have data-driven solutions.”

(I have researched the validity of safe injection sites and there is a very mixed reaction as to whether or not they work. One can easily choose the data that supporst their opinion.)

“This is a data-driven, public health harm reduction model that is proven to be effective at saving lives and getting people into treatment,” she said.

The city will spend the next two months considering potential locations to park the van (so much for that “sense of urgency”). Officials favor a private lot, and note that most drug activity happens around SoDo, downtown, and the west side of Capital Hill, according to KIRO 7. The city did consider buying property specifically for the van, but found that it was “cost restrictive” inside Seattle.

Read the whole story here.


Enslaving drug users only perpetuates the cycle. And it keeps the taxpayer money flowing to develop more “solutions.”

DCG

38 responses to “Seattle to help the homeless safely inject drugs with medical mobile unit

  1. It simply boggles the mind the contortions Democrats go through to “help” outlaws — the druggies, illegal aliens, illegal alien who committed heinous acts of violence against US citizens. As DCG observed: “it keeps the taxpayer money flowing to develop more ‘solutions'” — money that, in turn, further empowers Democrats.

    When will the useful idiots of Seattle wake up?

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    • Get this: “Yesterday was one of the most evil, unbelievable days of Seattle’s history. In the Seattle City Council’s most recent discussion on its proposed mobile heroin death site, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw suggested that the city government “explore” supplying free drugs for addicts.”

      http://mynorthwest.com/1014078/dori-bagshaw-government-buy-heroin/

      I told you they will find ANY avenue to spend more taxpayer dollars…

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      • This answers my question as to whether or not they would supply the drugs for use in the “consumption” room?!! Is there a menu list?
        This is pure evil. Its like the devil himself is driving the van.

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      • DCG . . . . This really raises to the heights of approaching the unbelievable! Why would any government feel they should supply junkies with whatever substance they are hooked on. Anyone on the city council who advocates for this plan, should be recalled and kicked to the curb.

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    • You would have to be equally insane to support them. If they want to do this they should make it legal. You can’t have something illegal and have government facilitating it. Oh, I forgot. We have “sanctuary cities”.

      I say the whole thing is contrived. Nobody’s that stupid.

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  2. Michael J. Garrison

    Whether you understand this article or not…it goes much, much deeper.
    This depth includes how the very people who are bring this drug into America are also the one’s making the millions by supplying these needles.
    Oh, but it doesn’t stop there. These same people own the private prisons where drup offenders are sent.
    These same people ALSO own ALL of America’s sell-out Politicians.

    The end-goal here is, obviously, over-doses. If they see someone in the needle-line TWICE, they know that he survuvued, so they up the amount of fentynal in the produst, til touching it kills you.

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  3. Here’s a thought for Seattle; Why not use semi double-decker cattle trailers to go around for homeless alcoholics to drink and sleep in safely instead of drinking and sleeping in the mean streets. Seattle would look cleaner, the liberals will believe they’ve done a good thing and the homeless will be safer! Everybody Wins! – (except the homeless alcoholics)
    “Stay Thirsty My Fellow American Homeless Alcoholics In Seattle .”

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    • Each night they could haul them out to a remote desert location in Eastern Washington, or Idaho. They can come back for a fresh load each morning.

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  4. Great Idea! Spend millions of tax dollars helping to commit a crime. There was a time when being an ‘Accessory to a Crime’ was punishable by law.
    Those politicians who push this are dangerous criminals. How does that protect thier law abiding citizens and how does it improve safety for the general public? They dont even care to hide thier criminal behavior any longer. It all is swept into the grey areas of political correctness and entitlement.

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  5. What about those that crave a good clean blowjob?
    Bums,I mean homeless people…dont have good oral hygiene.
    A bite or scratch from the zombies,I mean homeless….could mean instant infection and your junk rotting off.
    The mayor and its council should provide this service themselves in tha back of a limo.
    Or their orifice,I mean office

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  6. As has been said:

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  7. Shaking my head. What we have here are some politicians in need of electro-convulsive shock therapy. Maybe even a blindfold and a cigarette…

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    • cogitoergosumantra . . . . I must admit I certainly agree with you. Politicians who advocate for spending the citizens money on these kinds of programs truly do need “electro-convulsive” shock therapy, and those who are even more depraved could be helped to realize the error of their ways with a blindfold and a cigarette…” When a society devolves to the point when their governing elites become this depraved . . . what else is left?

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  8. It occurs to me that once they’ve drugged these users into a chemically induced long-nap,their charges will get bedsores from not moving. Therefore,they need to have a squad (or more accurately,a battalion) of assistants,who will go around turning the druggies every couple of hours,(for their own good,ya unnerstand). They can also be used to toe-tag the ones who pass on while they’re under. Think of the money they could waste on THAT boondoggle!

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  9. They do not understand the principle, the concept or the meaning of love. Love is not all soft emotion, very often it is hard and uncomprising. To help a person shoot poison into their veins, even for that persons own safety, is not compassion. Compassion says you have to kick it, I’ll support you but I will not be an accomplise to your addiction. If you can not break your habit then I’ll turn you loose to face the consequences alone. The decision is yours alone. This faux ompassion is deadly and helps no one.

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  10. “Safe” injections starting here can lead to control of what is left of a people that has not been part of depopulation.

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  11. Comrade Obama

    Well its one way to control your voters.

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  12. I have to say that I’m 100% in favor of this, here’s why…It’s already an epidemic, 100’s and 100’s of thousands of people are already using heroin, anything that’s prohibited will just drive an underground culture of untaxed commerce, crime, diseases, and homelessness. An enormous amount of resources wasted in law enforcement, courts, health care, incarceration costs, municipal clean up (discarded needles/encampments). If you give these addicts their daily medicine in a controlled atmosphere, like a diabetic that needs insulin, you eliminate the crime attached to the disease, and you eliminate the millions of syringes everywhere, they won’t be stealing to fund they’re habit, and they’ll be inserting the used needles into a sharps bio hazard container instead of on the public streets. London has been doing mobile vans for years, they even dispense crack cocaine cigarettes along with heroin needles pre loaded with a pharmaceutical seal on it. Vancouver also has injection sites, that, from the documentary I watched, has worked well, the needle has a prescription sticker for each patient, just like methadone. We’ve been fighting this war on drugs for over 45 years and it’s not working at all, there’s more drugs now and more people using them, plus there’s drugs out now that never even existed prior to the so called war. Remember, they’re all using it anyway…so why not just give it to them, we will save money just by not wasting all of the resources we’re using now that are getting us nowhere but worse off. A lot of these junkies could just stop by a controlled site in the morning, take their meds, and go to work to pay taxes like a productive citizen, instead of hustling and stealing to buy an illegal substance. Just like weed…everyone’s doing it anyway, so if we just eliminate the criminal aspect, we save a whole lot. Wait a minute, do I sound like a liberal? Shoot me!!!

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    • Giving addicts their daily “medicine” in the guise of harm reduction does not allow them to become productive members of society. Kind of hard to go to work when you are high.

      Enabling junkies enables them to fall through society. Feeding the need only encourages more use which can lead to the inability to quit the drug. And for a lot of people, it leads to death.

      I have done a lot of searching on the benefits of SIS (safe injection sites). What I have found is that there are small successes. One can find data to support either side of the opinion.

      I agree that this is a serious and complicated problem. One that cannot be solved overnight (as witnessed by Vancouver starting their SISs in 2003 and 15 years later the drug crisis still exists).

      I just don’t support taxpayer dollars encouraging dangerous and deadly behaviors.

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      • DCG . . . . I am with you 100% on that. Why should the taxpayers provide a substance that is guaranteed to keep this person from ever becoming a useful contributing person in society? If this type of plan is put in place, you will get more, and more, and more people who will need their services.

        You might as well start a program for the hopeless junkies, where in if their life has become, in their estimation hopeless, and they just do not want to go on . . . the state will give you a free euthanasia! Subsidizing junkies with their drug of choice is not so far from proving out n out euthanasia. This is just a horrible, evil, Satan driven plan.

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    • I’m not in favor of jailing people for being addicts. On the other hand, addicts do a lot of crime. I’m not in favor of not jailing them when they commit crimes either.

      The thing is, addicts do not get cured unless they want to be cured. To do that they have to come to a point where they don’t like their lives any longer. Encouraging them is not the answer.

      I think about the best we can do is to have help available for any that want to kick their habit. If they commit crimes to support their habit they should go to jail like anybody else. Some never will get straight. That is just life.

      DCG is right in that being high won’t get them work. If they don’t work they must do “something” to keep from starving and to get out of the weather. Giving them free drugs not only encourages them, it will bring thousands of others from afar. Seattle needs a giant brain transplant.

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      • I disagree, I’ve employed many, just sit in a methadone clinic parking lot at 5am, all walks of life, all leading productive lives, paying taxes, on they’re way to work. I’m not sure if you understand, there’s only a 3% success rate, 3 people out of 100 succeed out of opiate addiction, at least that’s what the text books used to say. I used to go to the soup kitchen and the meth clinics to get day labor for home improvement type work, the best workers in the world, as long as they have they’re medicine, another friend of mine owns an auto body shop, he uses them too, these people had trades and professions before they fell off the planet, if they’re not sick, they can work and won’t have to steal. In closing, are you all suggesting we just keep doing what we’ve been doing for 45 years? It’s worked well, the same people that say don’t prohibit weapons, if so, then we’ll all be criminals and the underground gun sales will flourish? Also remember that they’re all doing it anyway, so we might as well legalize it, to at the least, control it. People don’t take heroin to get high, they take it not to be sick, it’s called progression, they build a tolerance. The people you see nodded out and overdosing is from this new drug fentanyl mixed with heroin, another new killer addition to our war on drugs. Just think how many ambulance rides and ER visits alone would stop with oversight. I’m not looking for likes, just logic…what we’ve been doing is failing, and continuing the same thing is called insanity.

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        • If the city was proposing methadone use that’s a different story. The city is allowing illegal drug use and is encouraging addiction not methadone treatment.

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        • I commend you on your tolerance and understanding. I have actually known several. It is not something I’d like to be afflicted with. I have worked with them as well.

          Realistically not every junky is wonderful. The practical aspects of this can become more than most people will tolerate. If they can hold a job and use, fine. Most can’t over time.

          I’m not saying that they should be “punished”. I’m in agreement with DCG that it isn’t the government’s place to supply them with illegal substances. If they supply methadone to assist with withdrawals, that’s “treatment”.

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      • lophatt . . . When you wrote “Some never will get straight.” There was a couple, male and female here in Portland, OR who both had struggled with heroin addiction for an extremely long time. They were never able to kick the habit, no matter what they tried . . . they finally made a pact, wherein the jumped off the Broadway Bridge into the Willamette River, which ended their struggles.

        I think it is important to note, as silly as this may seem, just do not take the first hit of heroin, or fentanyl-heroin, or meth, or any of these other life altering substances. I am sure that many of the very folks who thought, “Well, I will try it just once . . . once won’t hurt.” Those who never took the first hit, never had to suffer the horrific effects of being addicted to powerful narcotics, etc

        I think it is very important that parents, relatives, and neighbors always maintain the mantra around children . . . “Don’t even try it! Not even once.”

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  13. I guess the so called leaders there have learned nothing from what Amsterdam finally learned after their decades of tolerance and open drug usage. It was a failure.

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  14. I have met and do know addicts and I do have empathy for them. With that said… I don’t want them working on my car, working at my house and I will not employ them in my company.
    Been there… Done that… They don’t have a moral compass that works. When you have 3 different bail bond agent’s numbers saved in your phone. It’s time to reavaluate your business plan.
    An addict is selfish and very quick to fly off the handle, with no patience for anyone but themselves. They want the paycheck only, never about satisfying the customer or thier employer. Quality control does not exist if thier personal life gets in the way.
    Yes they need help..
    But to say they can go to work and contribute to society as a normal working person is a very huge stretch.

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  15. Move it from Starbucks to Starbucks

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  16. In all seriousness, these political parasites clearly are contemptuous of their productive citizens. They act like they are in the travel and entertainment for losers business. They don’t care about the impact to those who go to work each day and pay their awful taxes.

    Still, the theory is that people vote them in. I frankly find that hard to believe. Of course I find it hard to believe how many don’t know who the VP is.

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  17. lophatt . . . Most excellent comments! I don’t always see how people are going to know that once a politician gets in, that they are going to lose their mind, and vote in the most egregious plans imaginable. As far as our citizens who do not have a clue as to who the VP is . . . I guess the schools are too busy teaching “Katie has Two Mommies,” or “Last week Dan was a male . . . starting next month Dan will be Danielle, and he will be changed to a female,” so that there is not enough time to teach current affairs, or US government.

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