Petition to remove HACHR gets closer to its goal of 1,000 signatures
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. —
A petition has been created against the program Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) in response to a rise in the number of needles being found around the county.
"It wasn't a problem till 2015, that's when the needles around are county just went through the roof," Scott Binder, the creator of the online petition to remove HACHR, said. "It's not safe for us, it's not safe for anybody. HACHR only cares about itself and its addicts."
Recently, HACHR released statistics on a Facebook post of their records over the past two years, stating that they've properly disposed of over 10,000 pounds of bio-hazard.
"They give out so many needles, there are thousands of needles out there that are not being returned, even with their numbers," Binder said. "HACHR isn't doing one-for-one needle exchange properly, we go out into the woods and streets and find an explosion of bio-hazards."
Currently the online petition against HACHR has over 950 signatures, bringing it closer to Binder's goal of 1,000. The petition can be found here.
North Coast News has reached out to HACHR for comment, but has yet to hear back.