The progressive-haven of San Francisco has become a heroin den, where free syringes now litter the streets thanks to the city’s boneheaded decision to hand out millions of those drug needles to addicts every year.
According to Yahoo News, San Francisco distributes an estimated 400,000 drug syringes every month in the name of reducing HIV among drug users. Of that number, 246,000 syringes get discarded into the city’s 13 syringe access and disposal sites while the other remaining thousands end up on the streets, sidewalks, parks, or any other public areas.
“Syringes discarded in public places have become a nationwide problem amid growing heroin use, reports Yahoo News. “But in compact San Francisco (about 50 square miles, or 12,950 square hectares), where there is a growing homeless population, the problem is a lot more visible.”
Just last year, the city received more than 9,500 requests for the pick-up of these syringes. We are only in May of 2018 and the city has already received 3,700 requests for syringe pick-up. The numbers for this year could easily topple last year’s.
But that’s okay. San Francisco has clearly learned the lesson that handing out free syringes to users of illegal drugs only further destroys the city and will now be correcting course, right? Guess again. Actually, the city has no plans to correct course and will be going with business as usual.
“Research shows that reducing access to clean syringes increases disease and does not improve the problem of needle litter,” said Barbara Garcia, director of the Department of Public Health.
That means the taxpayer will have to bear the burden. San Francisco Mayor Farrell has now hired 10 city workers whose sole jobs will be to clean up the syringes.
Earlier this year NBC News reported that the homeless haven of San Francisco has become so filth-infested that the city spends about $30 million a year to clean the human feces and syringes off the sidewalks. People actually pay an arm and a leg to live in this literal “s**thole.”