STATEMENT FROM MAYOR LONDON BREED ON THE VETO OF AB 186
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
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MAYOR LONDON BREED ON THE VETO OF AB 186
Today Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 186, which would have allowed San Francisco to open safe injection sites under a three-year pilot program. The bill was authored by Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) and co-authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).
“I’m disappointed that the Governor has vetoed this important public health bill. Safe injection sites save lives. If we are going to prevent overdoses and connect people to services and treatment that they badly need to stop using drugs in the first place, we need safe injection sites. If we are going to stop the drug use we see in public every day and get the needles off our streets, we need proven public health solutions. We have seen these sites work in cities in other countries, and we know they not only save lives, but they can save our city money by reducing costs for health care and emergency services. Despite this veto, we will still continue to work with our community partners on trying to come up with a solution to move this effort forward. I want to thank Assemblymember Eggman and Senator Wiener for their leadership in pushing this through the Legislature, and we will continue to work together on fighting the opioid crisis in our city.”