Combating Injection Drug Use in San Francisco

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San Francisco is home to an estimated 22,500 injection drug users, according to the city's Department of Public Health. Though many argue that number is inflated, injection drug use is becoming an increasingly visible problem in San Francisco as chronic homelessness rises and rapid development takes over users' hiding spots. San Francisco Magazine calls the rising heroin and methamphetamine use the city's "greatest public health crisis since the height of AIDS." Forum talks with the magazine's executive editor about its reporting on the injection drug epidemic, what San Francisco can do to address it and the magazines' special report, "One City, Under the Syringe."

Gary Kamiya,
executive editor, San Francisco Magazine; author, "Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco"