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Seattle Mayor Responds to Criticism About Enabling Drug Crisis

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Is Harm Reduction Really Working?

On Monday, I asked Mayor Bruce Harrell (@MayorofSeattle) if giving away all these meth pipes and needles is really the best way to go about addressing the drug epidemic, especially since King County is still dealing with record drug overdose deaths. Advocates say it’s one of the best ways to keep people safe and alive. Critics say it’s enabling and making the problem worse. Here’s how the Mayor responded. #Seattle

Are Safe Consumption Sites Part of Seattle’s Future?

Mayor Bruce Harrell (@MayorofSeattle) took more of a measured approach on this one. While there are no immediate plans to bring in safe consumption sites so addicts can use illicit drugs under medical supervision, the Mayor hasn’t ruled it out either. Is this a good idea? Once again advocates say it will save lives, critics say this is another form of enabling and will bring in crime to already marginalized communities where most of these locations end up.

Free and Easy Access

Earlier this year, @weheartseattle ordered all these “harm reduction” supplies. Technically teens and kids in #Seattle can access all this stuff no questions asked.

Unending Drug Crisis

Teens and young people are now being targeted with drug paraphernalia, all in the name of “harm reduction.” We also need more anti-drug education programs in our classrooms. #Seattle

The Cost and Messaging of Harm Reduction

Despite easy access to harm reduction supplies including fentanyl test strips, NARCAN, meth pipes, and clean needles…King County still saw a record number of drug overdose deaths last year. #Seattle

Ambitious Plan

This past weekend, downtown #Seattle was a disaster. But some say this is an improvement. Mayor Bruce Harrell (@MayorofSeattle) believes his Downtown Activation Plan and his fentanyl Executive Order will work in the long run.

Mayor’s Ambitious Plan

Mayor did not share the cost or timeline for his overall game plan, but says this is just the first phase and more details will be coming in the summer. Read below:

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.