[Listen] Eureka councilmember, candidate, share different views on needle ordinance; Last week’s top stories

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Humboldt Last Week (12:47): Needle litter sucks. Addiction sucks. The spread of disease from dirty needles sucks. Aiming to keep all of that in mind, last week the Eureka City Council passed an ordinance that applies to organizations that provide needs-based needle exchange within city limits. The ordinance mostly applies to the non-profit HACHR.

The ordinance requires exchange organizations to keep records on the number of needles given out and received, encourage drug users to seek treatment, and do weekly community cleanups. Check out the North Coast Journal’s good coverage on the council meeting here.

In the podcast, Eureka City Council Member Austin Allison and Eureka City Council candidate John Fullerton share different views on the ordinance.

In short, Allison supports the new ordinance but would prefer amendments, for one something that provides incentive for higher needle return rates. Fullerton draws from family experience in his cautious support for needle exchange, but not as it is currently implemented in Eureka -- he only supports a one-for-one exchange.

The story begins at 12:47.

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