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Councilmember hosts panel to combat rise in methamphetamine use in Los Angeles

Council member Nitya Raman hosted a panel addressing homelessness and the methamphetamine epidemic in Los Angeles on August 19, but some residents are critical of the panel’s “harm reduction” policies and say it can only lead to more drug abuse. Promotes the use of

Methamphetamines are long-acting stimulants for the nervous system that release more dopamine in the brain than other substances. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that there were 70,630 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2019, while two million Americans reported using methamphetamine in the past year in 2019.

“The evidence suggests that meth use is increasing in California,” Raman said. “These numbers indicate an emergency – which we need to address with bold, immediate and comprehensive solutions.”

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Skid Row on June 9, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)

Raman, who 4. representsth The district was joined by Dr. David Goodman, a UCLA physician specializing in substance abuse and addiction, and Soma Snekoil, executive director of homeless activist organization The Sidewalk Project and Armando Goodino of the Drug Policy Alliance LA.

Goodman spoke of potential treatments for methamphetamine users. Effective treatments have been developed for opioid addictions, but opioid-like drug treatment methods are not as effective as those for methamphetamine.

Goodman said that while the drug fentanyl is the “big killer” on the East Coast, “methamphetamine is king” on the West Coast.

Since most of the research funding is from the East Coast, research on methamphetamine treatment is still in development. However, Goodman said there are two initial treatments that have emerged recently but still need to undergo testing.

Snakeoil spoke about his experience working with methamphetamine users. He compared the “harm reduction” approach to the traditional approach to issues.

“We have to rethink how we think about people who use drugs as bad people,” she said. “It pushes people into shame-based situations where they are used alone, and that’s when they die.”

Snakeoil, on the other hand, contrasted the “harm reduction” approach to the traditional approach to issues. He said he believes harm reduction is a “social justice movement” that believes in the “dignity of people who use drugs” and that people who use drugs are combined with health-based measures. Advocates for changes in public health policies and procedures to support Instead of “criminalizing drug use”.

Goodino said he is trying to bring about these harm-reduction policies, including SB-57, a bill that would authorize overdose prevention sites in the state. Goodino said that many previous drug policies were “defined by your access to resources, your race, your complexion.”

“I take this a step further and argue that it is criminalization that really leads to this kind of overdoing, because it creates stigma, it creates a culture of truth based on perception, by which other People choose to enforce policy, fear, intimidation, dislike of one’s culture, race, ethnicity, color,” Goodino said.

Some residents who watched livestreams of the meeting online expressed their opposition to the panelists’ comments about racism and the criminalization of drug use.

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Skid Row on June 9, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)

“We citizens don’t care what color the drug dealer is. Anyone smuggling meth and fentanyl should not get off just because they’re not white,” commented one resident.

“Unfortunately, what I’m hearing from everyone on the panel is ‘it’s okay to do drugs,’ let’s make it safer and safer to do drugs by providing them a place to come to use drugs. It doesn’t handle addiction.” We need an effective drug education and prevention program. We need to stop people from getting into drugs, not make it okay for them to do so,” wrote another resident.

Raman is currently a. subject to recall campaign by residents who deny him the operation of housing and homelessness in the district. Recall Raman Political Action Committee opposed Raman’s approval of Griffith Park as a resettlement place for homeless people who were relocated from Echo Park.

The Recall Raman Political Action Committee did not respond to a request for comment by press deadline.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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