City drug program gets new lease on life

A decade-old city drug program treating those with cocaine and methamphetamine addictions was on the verge of being phased out due to budget cuts.

But on Thursday, Supervisors Chris Daly and Bevan Dufty were successful in increasing the proposed budget for The City’s Department of Public Health by $200,000. The money will allow the department to continue to run the Stimulant Treatment Outpatient Program.

Daly said this city drug program has been effective and it should not close down, especially given the high rates of meth use. Daly’s comments were echoed by Dufty, who sits on the City’s Crystal Meth Task Force.

The “add back” came during committee review of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposed $5.7 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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