Rantz: Democrat law gives syringes and crack pipes to kids

Feb 13, 2023, 5:48 PM
Police officers check on a man who said he has been smoking fentanyl in downtown Seattle on March 14, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The so-called Democrat fix to the Washington drug crisis would give children syringes, pipes, and other drug paraphernalia. It even sets up a “work group” to explore legally supplying drugs to addicts. This would turn the government into the state’s largest drug dealer.

After the Washington state supreme court declared our felony drug possession law unconstitutional, Democrats advanced a temporary bill legalizing personal possession of all drugs. It’s directly led to a historic fatal overdose crisis. They’ve now offered a “fix” with SB 5536. It would make drug possession a gross misdemeanor with a potential maximum jail sentence of 364 days, a $5,000 fine, or both. If the addict gets treatment as part of a diversion program, they would not serve jail time.

But buried in the bill is a counterproductive measure that will only further the crisis.

Rantz: Public Health promotes ‘fentanyl parties,’ Undersheriff claims they’re happening

Law actively enables drug addicts

SB 5536 creates Health Engagement Hubs, enabling drug addicts to continue using.

The Hubs may be mobile or standalone structures and must provide opioid treatment options for addicts. But they must also provide “harm reduction services and supplies.” Harm reduction is a radical strategy that gives addicts tools to continue using their drug of choice. The supplies that will be passed out include clean syringes, crack pipes, and other “smoking equipment,” which typically includes steel wool to serve as a pipe filter, and rubber bands to wrap around the pipe’s mouthpiece to prevent burns.

By law, these Hubs must be “open to youth as well as adults.” This means that minors can access drug tools that keep them addicted. 

Exploring government drug dealing

Also buried in the bill is the creation of a “safe supply work group.”

The group is meant to “evaluate potential models for safe supply services and make recommendations on the inclusion of a safe supply framework in the Washington state substance use recovery services plan to provide a regulated, tested supply of controlled substances to individuals at risk of drug overdose.” In other words, move over drug cartels! The government could become the state’s largest illicit drug dealer.

The work group must include former drug addicts. This likely ensures a bias toward government-funded and distributed drugs like fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine. The argument has been that if you can supply drugs that are free from unknown substances, the addict will stay alive long enough to eventually get treatment. Only Democrats won’t force or coerce an addict into treatment. They only postpone the inevitable drug overdose, forcing these people to languish in misery even longer.

A preliminary report of their findings would be due at the end of the year, with a finalized report due Dec. 1, 2024. 

Democrats incapable of pushing drug treatment 

Radical Washington Democrats are simply incapable of offering standalone drug treatment. 

As addicts die, Democrats do little to endorse drug cessation. They view offering treatment alone as “stigmatizing” the addiction, which they argue stops people from seeking treatment. But what actually stops treatment is handing an addict a crack pipe or needle. And, if the work group is successful in promoting a safe supply model, handing out drugs to addicts will obviously only make the crisis worse.

There are some addicts who need jail time to get clean. Others need intensive addiction services, not free drug supplies. If an addict feels stigmatized when we call out their deadly decisions, so be it. I’d rather them be upset and alive than be unoffended and dead.

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show on weekday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast. Follow @JasonRantz on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Check back frequently for more news and analysis.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-6pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

KTTH Opinion

capital gains tax...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Dems defend WA Supreme Court’s racist capital gains tax ruling

The activist Washington State Supreme Court majority redefined the capital gains tax to fit their left-wing, racist ideology.
2 days ago
Democrat bill...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Bill by WA Democrats releases scores of murderers from jail early

The bill allows the newly formed CPB to give early release to dangerous murderers who haven't finished their sentences.
4 days ago
Bryan Suits

Suits: ‘J. Edgar Hoover would slap TikTok across the face’ in hearings

This is what the Chinese use all their apps and all their hacking to do, and make no mistake, TikTok is a hack.
8 days ago
English cop ticket...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Dem bill cuts English reading and writing requirement for public safety jobs

If you think the Washington government bureaucracy is inefficient now, wait until you experience life under Senate Bill 5274.
9 days ago
pierce transit...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Pierce Transit staff face discipline if they don’t use ‘ze,’ ‘they’ pronouns

One concerned employee told The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH that he found the memo, titled "Pronoun Use in the Workplace," troubling.
10 days ago
Tamer Abouzeid...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: King County official defended terrorists, tweets anti-Semitic smears

His views on Jews and Israel were on full display in a Letter to the Editor in an August 2002 edition of the Chicago Tribune that he allegedly wrote.
11 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Compassion International...

Brock Huard and Friends Rally Around The Fight for First Campaign

Professional athletes are teaming up to prevent infant mortality and empower women at risk in communities facing severe poverty.
Emergency Preparedness...

Prepare for the next disaster at the Emergency Preparedness Conference

Being prepared before the next emergency arrives is key to preserving businesses and organizations of many kinds.
SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!
safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Rantz: Democrat law gives syringes and crack pipes to kids