San Fran. Health Department Confirms It Is Providing Homeless With Alcohol, Weed, Nicotine

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The San Francisco city government is providing drugs and alcohol to homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Their head-scratching reason: It keeps them indoors.

As the New York Post reports, the city’s Department of Health spokeswoman Jenna Lane said they are doing whatever it takes to keep San Francisco residents from spreading the coronavirus.

“They’re doing San Francisco a great service by staying inside,” Lane said per the report. “We’re saying, ‘We’re doing what we can to support you staying inside and not have to go out and get these things.’ ”

According to the report, the “harm reduction based practice” is not directly using taxpayer funds and is not unique to San Francisco.

The New York Post reports the city’s health officials are using hotels to house the homeless and are giving them their addictions to “stay safe.”

Dr. Grant Colfax, the city’s health director, said the program is utilizing “the best evidence to help people manage their addictions.”

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“In some cases, this will include helping them manage their alcohol and nicotine use so they can stay safe and in-place as much as possible to help their communities and help themselves,” Colfax added.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed recently announced on Twitter that she would be extending stay-at-home orders through May.