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A Mother’s Journey to Save Her Daughter from Addiction, Homelessness

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Laurie Steves and daughter Jessica DiDia meet for the first time in nearly 10 years for lunch at Denny’s on Mission Street in San Francisco. (Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle)

Laurie Ann Steves drove from Seattle to San Francisco last May to try to reconnect with her daughter,  Jessica, who is addicted to fentanyl and lives on and off the streets of San Francisco.   Steves joins us to share how she tried  to intervene in  her daughter’s life, just months after losing her son to addiction, and we’ll  hear from the San Francisco Chronicle journalists who documented her efforts. As we enter the holiday season, which can be  a particularly painful time for those wanting to connect with a loved one struggling with mental health problems, homelessness or drug addiction, we get advice from UCSF psychiatrist Dr. Fumi Mitsuishi.

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Heather Knight, columnist, San Francisco Chronicle

Laurie Ann Steves, the mother of Jessica, who is addicted to fentanyl in San Francisco

Fumi Mitsuishi , associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, director, UCSF/ZSFG Division of Citywide Case Management

Gabrielle Lurie, staff photographer, San Francisco Chronicle


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