SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco task force charged with devising strategies for reducing Hepatitis C infections has recommended making the city the first in the U.S. with a drop-in center where intravenous drug users can obtain needles and shoot up.
The 30-member committee made up of doctors, patients and public health officials unanimously supported creating a publicly funded safe injection center in a report issued last week after two years of study.READ MORE: Tsunami Alert Forces Daylong Evacuation of Berkeley Marina
Members say that a similar facility in Vancouver has kept dirty needles off the streets, reduced overdose deaths and helped slow the spread of both Hepatitis C and HIV.READ MORE: Pacific Tsunami Update: Waves Surge Onto Bay Area Beaches Following Huge Tonga Volcano Blast
But the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the concept has been floated before and is unlikely to go anywhere now because neither the city’s health director nor interim Mayor Ed Lee supports it.
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