When my cousin entered high school last year, she had a tough time adjusting. Drinking seemed to make her new friends like her, and for a while it helped her forget the cruelty she faced at school. Being a teenager is difficult under any circumstances, but being a teenager who has an addiction to drugs or alcohol is even more difficult. Understanding why teens turn to drugs and alcohol is an important first step in helping them to avoid suicide, because many of the underlying causes of drug or alcohol abuse involve the same factors that lead to teen suicide. While it may not be a good reason, teens often abuse drugs or alcohol simply because they are teens dealing with all kinds of challenges: figuring out who they are as they transition from childhood to adulthood, making difficult choices, wanting to experiment, and lacking the experience to know which choices are going to lead to more harm than they anticipate.
San Francisco — where drug addicts outnumber high school students
Marsha Rosenbaum | Drug Policy Alliance
Naveena Bobba said. The problem is particularly visible in the Tenderloin, where police reported more than arrests for drug dealing last year. And where 27 suspects were booked into County Jail for dealing drugs in the first 20 days of the new year. The out-in-the-open use of drugs on city sidewalks and at the Civic Center BART Station was a huge embarrassment for the city and triggered more police patrols and crackdowns in the past year.
The Most Commonly Used Drugs in San Francisco
Another is in San Francisco, where city health workers are taking to the streets to find homeless people with opioid use disorder and offering them buprenorphine prescriptions on the spot. Members of the team will travel around the city offering buprenorphine prescriptions to addicted homeless people, which they can fill the same day at a city-run pharmacy. At the end of a recent yearlong pilot, about 20 of the 95 participants were still taking buprenorphine under the care of the street medicine team. What follows is a condensed, edited interview with Dr. Zevin, who has been providing medical care to the homeless in San Francisco since
Mark Farrell had just stepped off a train and was walking through San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza when he felt something strange under his foot. He looked down and discovered in horror a discarded syringe stuck to the sole of his shoe. To his relief, the needle hadn't pierced through his shoe — which could have exposed him to a variety of serious diseases — but it was nonetheless a jarring experience.