Lawmaker Want To Pay Meth Users To Not Use Drugs

Sandy Malone

Democratic State Senator Scott Weiner proposed legislation that would have the state pay meth users to stay sober.

Sacramento, CA – A California state senator from San Francisco has proposed legislation that would have the state pay methamphetamine users to stay sober.

Democratic California State Senator Scott Weiner, who represents a city where meth usage has risen 500 percent since 2008, introduced Senate Bill 888 on Feb. 25 in what he called an attempt to combat meth usage and drug overdose deaths, KOVR reported.

Methamphetamine use is up in all of California, but the Bay Area has been particularly hard hit.

The proposed legislation would expand the number of treatment programs that qualify for Medi-Cal to include those that offer cash, vouchers, and gift card incentives to participants, according to KRON.

People who enroll in the incentive-style programs would be rewarded every time their urine drug tests came back clean.

“[SB 888] intends to make these programs accessible on a wider scale by authorizing them to be reimbursable by Medi-Cal,” Weiner said in a written statement, KRON reported.

Weiner pointed to a similar program that claims a high success rate for its participants as an example to follow.

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Positive Reinforcement Opportunity Project rewards male LGBTQ meth users with gift cards if they stay sober, KOVR reported.

The foundation claimed that in the first year of operation, the program led to 63 percent of participants quitting the use of methamphetamine altogether.

Another 19 percent reduced their meth use over the course of the year, according to KOVR.

The treatment method whereby drug users are incentivized to stay sober is called contingency management, and there are a number of companies racing to facilitate its more common use, Xconomy reported.

Boston-based DynamiCare created an app that lets users take random drug tests and report the results, as well as check in at meetings using the GPS.

Rewards for clean drug tests and meeting attendance are put on a reloadable debit card that can be used for purchases pretty much anywhere except bars and liquor stores, Xconomy reported.

Comments (29)
Laughriot
Laughriot

Dumbest state ever. Hope they like getting their federal funding yanked for their sanctuary BS. How will they pay for idiotic ideas like this when that happens?

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flybynight
flybynight

What a Weiner!!!!!🙄

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Sacramento and San Francisco are in a race to see who can turn their city into the biggest cesspool of homeless drug addicted residents so every single normal person leaves as quick as they can!!

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

WTF is with these retards in Commifornia? Do they get too much sun? Have they been breathing too much smog for too long?
This goes good with the Commifornia legislator who’s proposed a bill to force retailers to stop separating boys and girls departments in stores.
If I lived in Commifornia I’d be selling everything I could to raise the money to move. Holy Shit!

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Wow! What a wonderful idea! What will they come up with next?! complete sarcasm

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Fuck this. It's time to overthrow this psychotic regime.

Aramovich
Aramovich

At least it is logical. Maybe you can replace the meth high with gift cards? Or maybe you'll start a new industry - clean pee.

MattCoul
MattCoul

And all this time I thought the Weiners had been removed from political office.
Just goes to show: You can't get ALL of the d***s off the public dole.

MedicCop
MedicCop

Government’s only source of revenue is taxes, so, the tax payers (who likely work more than the meth heads) are being told to subsidize the druggie’s habits? I’d be absolutely livid live a rabid dog over that. The sooner the big earthquake hits and drops them into the sea, the better.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Just thinking...Can these people be that stupid or do they have support groups to help? Even their best (??) progressive ideas have turned into an expensive Charlie Foxtrot - so now they're just making this stuff up as they go?" Psychologist need to develop a study of progressive mental illness to understand if there is some help. Or at least let's remove them from society - and certainly keep them away from our children. Maybe a child-like playground where they can play "progressive reality". The one who comes up with the dumbest idea known to modern civilization gets a participation trophy. No doubt that the winner would be so proud.

Colombianito
Colombianito

I can't believe I'm reading this.....

LEO0301
LEO0301

Those silly democrats sure love to spend tax payer money on the craziest things.

TSport
TSport

Is this guy on meth???

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

I have never used Meth so maybe they will give me a retroactive lump sum if I apply? Although the residency requirement to live in California would not be worth it.

GLundberg
GLundberg

Pull the funding now. California is off the rails. The crime rate continues to get higher and homelessness is a major problem as well. Get the Democrats out of there, they have destroyed California for far too long.

Reesy66
Reesy66

Here in NY we're already paying them. They're on SSD with all the bennies that go with.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Calicrazy....again!😝☹👎

CinHadad
CinHadad

How about giving tax breaks to those of us who don't do meth or any other drug. These lawmakers keep rewarding all the bad behaviors of society. If government were the parent their children would be taken away.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Only in California, or maybe NY could this not be some sort of bizarre dream. Pay addicts not to do meth. You know this would result in a big black market for clean warm pee. I noted Amazon sells pee kits with a warming device so druggies can collect clean pee and keep it warm to substitute at drug tests. Even a small scrotum pouch to hold it undetected. This idiot legislator is really a WEINER!

floridacop
floridacop

Well heck, I bet someone will find someone hooked on meth and get his urine and then go get tested. After a certain time go back and test again this time clean and here is your paycheck. Why work? Come on Cali. I was hoping you would improve

Schick56
Schick56

Easy Peasy! Go to a couple of meetings, get some clean pee, and BOOM the city pays for your Meth, 😠😠

LAW169
LAW169

Hey, I’m sober. Where’s my check?

NFPD103
NFPD103

Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of treatment approaches using contingency management (CM) principles, which involve giving patients tangible rewards to reinforce positive behaviors such as abstinence. Studies conducted in both methadone programs and psychosocial counseling treatment programs demonstrate that incentive-based interventions are highly effective in increasing treatment retention and promoting abstinence from drugs. I didn't see how much cash the legislation will fork out to these people the programs that use this system limit and control the prize between 1-100 dollars in value and repeated clean drug tests all you more chances at the larger prize amounts. put the legislation he proposed needs more details released about it and how it will work before people should get behind this legislation


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