San Francisco city officials have scrapped plans to offer supervised drug consumption services at a location that had been purchased with that purpose in mind, The Examiner has learned.
Instead, the now-vacant site at 822 Geary St. will be used to operate a crisis stabilization unit, officials at the Department of Public Health said in an email to The Examiner. It is slated to open in early 2024.
State and federal law prohibit safe consumption sites from operating
A new San Francisco program called Scope aims to provide people with tools to know what compounds are in their drugs before they use them.
The number of overdose deaths in San Francisco declined by 11% to 625 in 2021 compared to 2020, but the rates of overdose death in The City remain at epidemic levels.
The plan comes as San Francisco continues to grapple with an overdose epidemic that has taken more than 391 lives in San Francisco since January 2022.