San Francisco Launches New Drug Treatment Program

By Adria Clifford, Epoch Times
May 18, 2018 Last Updated: May 18, 2018

San Francisco has launched a new drug treatment program to directly reach opioid addicts who are living on the street. Special medical teams will be sent to homeless encampments in the city to prescribe a drug that helps reduce cravings for opioids.

Buprenorphine has been shown to curb addicts’ overwhelming need to shoot up. It also reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms and works faster with fewer side effects than the drug Methadone.

San Francisco is plagued with an opioid addiction problem that officials say has reached epidemic proportions. People often see drug addicts shooting up on sidewalks, in BART stations, and even in public libraries. The streets are often littered with used hypodermic needles.

Desperate to solve this growing problem, city officials have begun thinking outside the box.

San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell said, “If we’re really going to solve this issue and make a dent, we have to be creative, we have to go forward with new policies and programs that will make a difference on our streets.”

His current budget proposal will include $6 million over the next two years to fund the medical teams. The goal is to prescribe the drug to 250 street addicts.

This proposal will add millions more in taxpayers’ money to fund solutions for a homelessness and drug addiction problem that is already costing the city millions every year.

San Francisco mayoral candidate Richie Greenberg told The Epoch Times in an interview in April that the city is already spending hundreds of millions of dollars on homelessness without results. If elected, he plans to audit every homeless outreach agency in the city to ensure that all funds given are being used effectively.