But, rather than actually consider changing the policies that have brought San Francisco into competition with the most filthy and backward third-world country, the city has plans to ‘control’ the growing homeless addict problem.
“There are about 24,500 injection drug users in San Francisco — that’s about 8,500 more people than the nearly 16,000 students enrolled in San Francisco Unified School District’s 15 high schools and illustrates the scope of the problem on the city’s streets.”
The problem is particularly visible in the Tenderloin where 27 suspects were booked into County Jail for dealing drugs in the first 20 days of 2019.
“The out-in-the-open use of drugs on city sidewalks and at the Civic Center BART Station was a huge embarrassment for the city and triggered more police patrols and crackdowns in the past year. The BART station has been cleaned up, but the problem continues in the Tenderloin.”
“As to why people use drugs, that is a complicated question, and there are many factors,” Health Department spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said, adding that the department’s focus was on “lowering the barriers to treatment.”
Treatment which includes “providing methadone on demand and expanding street addicts’ access to buprenorphine, a medication that helps people fight opioid addiction.”
“The department has also been handing out naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses immediately and keeps people from dying, to first responders, street health teams, homeless drop-in center workers — even library staffers, in an effort to reduce the death toll.”
So, if you live and work in San Francisco, you might get a city-issued ‘drug’ to stop someone from convulsing and dying from a drug overdose at the library.
“And in an effort to reduce infections and disease transmission among injection drug users, the city also handed out a record 5.8 million free syringes last year — about 500,000 more than in 2017.”
City Hall solidly supports the free syringe program, creating the disgusting and dangerous presence of needles lying everywhere.
Mayor London Breed promised to clean it up, and immediately slated an extra $1.8 million last year to retrieve needles.
“Meanwhile, needles are still making their way into the city’s parks and onto the sidewalks.
“For example, attendants cleaning the restrooms at Victoria Manalo Draves Park near Folsom and Sixth streets found 123 needles in 2018.”
And, the “city’s 311 call center received 9,659 calls complaining about needles citywide in 2018 — up about a third from 2017.”