San Francisco [US], June 24 (ANI/Xinhua): US Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, on Thursday announced the opening of the city’s first drug rehabilitation center. The SoMa RISE (Recover, Initiate, Support, and Engagement) center in the South of Market neighborhood, is a safe indoor space for those intoxicated with opioids, methamphetamines or other substances to get off the streets , rest and stabilize, and connect to care and services, the announcement reads.
The South of Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods have the highest overdose rates in the city, primarily among homeless people. SoMa RISE is part of the city’s response to the drug overdose crisis and aims to save lives from overdose deaths and reduce public drug use, while prioritizing support for homeless people who have a addiction to substance use.
The center will accommodate up to 20 participants at a time with some flexibility. Most people seeking care are expected to stay 4 to 12 hours, during which time they can rest, stabilize and access basic services like bathrooms, showers, beds and a meal, according to the announcement. . “Our city is experiencing an addiction and mental health crisis that unfortunately affects far too many residents,” Breed said. “The opening of the SoMa RISE Center will not only provide a safe space for those in need, but it will also bring us closer to making a difference in the lives of those people and in the lives of all San Franciscans.” (ANI/Xinhua)
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