San Francisco Values
Mary Katharine Ham
7/30/2007 4:09:43 PM - Mary Katharine Ham
The city finds the park is-- surprise!-- littered with used syringes after instituting a publicly funded program that provides
syringes to junkies to prevent the sharing of needles and spread of HIV. City officials have found that-- suprise!-- giving away needles to jonesing addicts is easy. Getting them back from high addicts? Not so much.
Next up, maybe a syringe drop-off box like the ones they use for parking ticket payment? You can't make this stuff up.
Katz said one idea would be to come up with more places near the park where people could turn in needles. But he noted that some people with used needles don't have much civic consciousness -- especially when they're high.