Last year, a task force created by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine recommended the creation of two drug consumption sites in the county. These drug consumption sites would allow drug users to inject heroin and take other opioids with medical supervision. This plan would tolerate illegal drug use, not fix the epidemic sweeping our nation. Not long after these drug consumption sites were initially proposed, many concerned citizens and elected officials began to take action.
Initiative 27, which would ban drug consumption sites in King County, has taken the lead on this issue. Last week, we are happy to report the Initiative 27 campaign turned it almost 70,000 signatures, more than enough to put the initiative on the ballot for King County voters to decide. Let’s hope to see it on the ballot this November.
Thanks to the effort of the Initiative 27 campaign in raising awareness of proposed drug consumption sites, cities around King County are beginning to stand up and prohibit these sites in their towns. The City Council in Auburn recently voted to oppose these sites and now the City of Bellevue is considering doing the same thing.
As cities begin to vote on whether to allow drug consumption sites or not, it is important to know where candidates in different races fall on this issue. We encourage you to reach out to city council campaigns that you are voting on and ask for their position on drug consumption sites in your city.