What can San Francisco learn from New York’s safe drinking sites?

What can San Francisco learn from New York’s safe drinking sites?

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In the 1980s and 1990s, San Francisco was one of the first cities in the country to implement a needle exchange program. In 2000, the San Francisco Health Commission made harm reduction an official public health policy.

But while San Francisco has spent more than a decade considering a supervised consumption site — where people can use drugs in a controlled setting under the supervision of staff trained in overdose response — the city of New York authorized two of them in November.

columnist columnist briar knight and photographer Gabrielle Lurie recently traveled around the country to see how the facilities are working and to talk to staff and people who use the facilities.

On today’s Fifth & Mission they join the host Cecile Lei to share what they observed and provide feedback on what San Francisco can learn from New York’s supervised consumption sites.

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