Coming Soon-Taxpayer Funded King County Injection Vans
King County, according to reports, is hiring 'technicians' who will be part of what's called "Medicated Assisted Treatment (MET) street teams.
Their purpose? To travel all over the city, and offer 'alternative' injectible drugs for homeless people. And, taxpayers are being expected to fund it.
Synthetic opioids will be available along with a wide range of other options. According to SHIFT WA, this flies in the face of several voter mandated measures that banned such activity. Initiative 27 had gathered over 70,000 signatures and was supposed to go on the February ballot in King County. But it was killed by an Inslee-appointed judge, who ruled that public health policy is not subject to "veto by citizen initiative." The Initiative would have banned such programs and activities.
Despite threats from US Attorneys about litigation over such MET teams, Seattle and county officials plowed ahead. They ignored a 'test case' that occurred north of them in Vancouver B.C. that's starting to produce the same dire results seen in Calgary, Alberta.
That major city shut down it's version the MET Street Teams after seeing a 276% increase in drug-related calls, 60% jump in property and 50% jump in violent crimes.
Vancouver is now seeing a 35% rise in it's crime rate since the program began and the homeless population has nearly doubled.
There isn't any major study or evidence to prove such programs reduce addiction rates, but Seattle and King County leaders continue to forge ahead. Now perhaps you know where some of that gigantic soda tax money went...