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Should States Spend Millions of Dollars on Alcohol for the Homeless?

Should States Spend Millions of Dollars on Alcohol for the Homeless?

Here’s The Scoop

The city of San Francisco is now in the business of enabling addiction, and it’s costing taxpayers a whopping $5 million annually. The city’s so-called “managed alcohol program” offers free beer and vodka shots to homeless individuals suffering from severe alcohol addiction. Initially launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, this controversial initiative is, unsurprisingly, under fire.

Adam Nathan, the chair of the Salvation Army San Francisco Advisory Board, recently exposed the program’s shocking reality. The program operates from an old hotel where they “basically give out free beer to the homeless who’ve been identified with AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder),” according to Nathan. The disturbingly casual setup allows program participants to walk in, grab a beer, and repeat – all day long.

The program’s exorbitant cost is alarming, but what’s more distressing is the flawed strategy behind it. Proponents, like Shannon Smith-Bernardin, a UCSF School of Nursing professor who helped create the program, argue that the goal is to stabilize the alcohol use of homeless addicts. The San Francisco Fire Department even claimed the program reduced the use of emergency services for a “small but highly vulnerable population.”

But the question remains: Is this really the best way to manage addiction? San Francisco’s Democratic Mayor London Breed has criticized similar “harm reduction” programs, stating they are “not reducing the harm” and are “making things far worse.” A recovering heroin addict echoed this sentiment, questioning whether we should be funding addictions with taxpayer dollars indefinitely.

San Francisco’s misguided approach to managing addiction is a stark reminder that it’s time to reevaluate where our taxpayer dollars are going. It seems that detox and recovery programs would be a far more responsible and effective use of these funds.

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  1. Ardvark

    May 21, 2024 at 7:04 am

    Called democrat plan to harvest votes!

  2. Cynthia Brown

    May 21, 2024 at 8:00 am

    No I prefer on spending nothing on them. Spend on our veteran’s

  3. David

    May 21, 2024 at 8:37 am

    Veterans first And foremost

  4. Robin T Harrison

    May 21, 2024 at 10:10 am

    I may be a chocoholic. Can I get the government to give me cake and candy?

  5. Darin F. Kuhns

    May 21, 2024 at 10:45 am

    Who is the brain surgeon that even considered this a rational thought????? This money should go into the VA system!

  6. Denise

    May 21, 2024 at 3:49 pm

    I can’t even…. Who TF thought this would be a good idea? They need to be committed to treatment centers, not fed more alcohol. Good god!!!

  7. Jerry C.

    May 21, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    I have no sympathy for addicts of any kind. I’d give one food if he/she were homeless, a sweater or a blanket if it was cold but not one red cent for them to use in furtherance of their absence-of-willpower addiction.

  8. Mike

    June 28, 2024 at 1:27 pm

    It’s California, is anyone surprised?

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