More than 70 percent of young people entering Larkin Street housing in San Francisco report using drugs in their lifetime, and, on average, the first age of drug use is 15. In a city with some 200 overdose deaths a year, this crisis has dire effects. A study led by Dr. Colette Auerswald out of UC Berkeley published last year found that youth experiencing homelessness die at rates 10 times higher than their housed peers, indicating the need for safe injection sites.
A step California must take — approving safe injection site
October 5, 2018