San Francisco Mayor London Breed has proposed a plan that would require welfare recipients to submit to drug testing and engage in treatment programs.
This announcement comes as the city faces an average of three overdose deaths per day, Breitbart News reported.
New initiative would require those in County Adult Assistance Programs (CAAP) to be tested for drug use and participate in treatment programs, Fox News Digital reported.
“San Francisco is a city of compassion, but also a city that demands accountability,” Breed said in a statement. “We fund a wide range of services and we want to help people get the care they need, but under current state law, local governments lack the tools to force people into treatment . This initiative aims to create more accountability and get people to accept the treatment and services they need.
To combat open-air drug trafficking in the Tenderloin District, California Governor Gavin Newsom has begun withdrawing officers from California Highway Patrol to Make Arrests, Breitbart News reported.
Since May 30, highway patrol officers have made 100 drug-related arrests, according to CNN reported. In one case, a highway patrol officer arrested a drug dealer who allegedly sold 33 grams of fentanyl, which could have killed 16,500 people.
But many residents fail to see that the increased police presence is leading to a significant reduction in outdoor drug use.
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Twenty percent of CAAP recipients from 2018 to 2020 reported having substance abuse problems. The new policy would end cash assistance for those who refuse to participate in treatment.
Breed’s announcement came the same day as Daniel Lurie, heir to the Levi Strauss & Co. fortune, officially announcesd his candidacy for mayor. Lurie calls for new leadership to address the opioid epidemic.
“We have enormous resources; we have everything at our disposal and yet our streets are not safe. We need to end the era of open drug trafficking, we need housing for all income levels, especially for middle-class families, who are the backbone of San Francisco,” he said. Luire said.
With my wife by my side, I just filed the paperwork to launch my campaign for mayor of San Francisco.
I love this city and I know that by working together, we will overcome our most pressing challenges and turn San Francisco around. pic.twitter.com/y6iAbFgIrv
– Daniel Lurie (@DanielLurie) September 26, 2023