Despite a veto by governor Jerry Brown, the mayor of San Francisco is pledging to open a supervised drug injection site.
Mayor London Breed says a supervised drug injecting site will save lives and taxpayer money. She says it will also clean up San Francisco streets littered with used syringes and slumped-over drug addicts. She says, “we’re not going to give up”.
She is promoting a site that would provide space for people to inject illegal drugs and a chill room where they could recover. Medical care, counseling and treatment services would also be available. San Francisco has an estimated 22,000 intravenous drug users. There are about 200 overdose deaths a year.
Mayor Breed grew up around drug users. She says she initially opposed the idea of providing a place for addicts to shoot up, but says that current laws aren’t helping the addiction problem.
Governor Brown essentially agrees with the Trump administration which argues that taxpayers should not be endorsing illegal drug use.
Although some argue that San Francisco is already enabling thousands of drug abusers.