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San Francisco Doubles Down on Legal Drug use as Fentanyl Epidemic Rages On

'We are committed to opening overdose prevention sites in San Francisco, but due to legal restrictions, there remain significant challenges...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) In another attempt to legally sanction hard drugs, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that she is working with city officials to try to implement supervised injection sites throughout the city.

Breed co-authored a bill with city Supervisor Hillary Ronen that would attempt to overturn a law forbidding injection sites. If the current law is overturned, injection sites would provide a “safe space” for drug users.

According to the Daily Caller, such sites also provide clean needles, alcohol prep pads, cotton balls and supervision for those taking drugs.

Breed and her constituents argue that her plan would reduce overdoses and open-air drug use.

Her previous pitch included a drug treatment center to the tune of $22 million. In the end, less than 1% of users went to the center for treatment, and the neighborhood became an epicenter for crime and drug use.

The center shut down a few months into its operation.

Current Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Gov. Jerry Brown, both Democrats, vetoed bills proposing statewide injection sites in 2020 and 2018, respectively.

“The unlimited number of safe injection sites that this bill would authorize—could induce a world of unintended consequences.” Newsom said.

However, Breed is readying her bill for another attempt and claims that the repeal of the city’s current law is necessary to protect people from drug use and overdoses.

“We are committed to opening overdose prevention sites in San Francisco, but due to legal restrictions, there remain significant challenges,” Breed said. “Despite that, we are continuing to work with our nonprofit partners to find creative ways to open these sites, and these steps are critical for that to happen.”

As Breed pushes for her overdose prevention sites, recent reports indicate that children of 14 years of age and younger are the greatest victims of the skyrocketing rates of fentanyl coming into the U.S.

In one case, a toddler exposed to fentanyl in one of San Francisco’s public parks nearly died as a result.

House Republicans recently announced the formation of a a special committee on China, where the drug is largely trafficked from, which will investigate the fentanyl issue as part of its work.

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