San Francisco Is Giving THIS to Homeless Alcoholics?!

(StraightShooterNews.com) – In a baffling effort to supposedly reduce the number of emergency calls and hospital visits, San Francisco is allocating approximately $5 million annually to give free beer to homeless individuals with severe alcohol addiction.

Known as the “managed alcohol program,” the initiative was first implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic but has recently come under scrutiny.

Salvation Army San Francisco Advisory Board chair Adam Nathan criticized the program after visiting its location at an old hotel in the SOMA district.

On X, Nathan described the setup: “Inside the lobby, they had … kegs set up to taps where they were basically giving out free beer to the homeless who’ve been identified with AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder).”

He said he was concerned about the program’s cost and operational approach and remarked that participants “just walk in and grab a beer, and then another one. All day.”

Nathan stated the city initially spent $2 million yearly on this program, but costs have ballooned to $5 million.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has expanded the program from 10 to 20 beds within a former hotel now located in the Tenderloin district—a neighborhood known for high rates of homelessness and drug activity.

UCSF School of Nursing professor Shannon Smith-Bernardin was involved in the program’s creation and defended its objectives.

She claims the program aims to stabilize participants’ drinking to prevent binge drinking and dangerous withdrawal symptoms like seizures

The San Francisco Fire Department said the program was “an incredibly impactful intervention” to reduce the need for emergency services among a “small but highly vulnerable population.”

In a 2020 article, the California Health Care Foundation explained that such programs are established in places like Canada and Australia.

They are typically overseen by nursing staff within facilities for the homeless or transitional housing.

However, other city-run “harm reduction” programs have faced criticism, even from Democratic Mayor London Breed.

In February, Breed argued that the programs are “not reducing the harm” but “making things far worse.”

A former heroin addict now in recovery voiced a similar sentiment: “Are we just going to manage people’s addictions with our taxpayer dollars in perpetuity forever?”

“It seems like that’s basically what we’re saying … I think we should be spending that money on detox and recovery,” he concluded.

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