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US: San Francisco opens first drug sobering center

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London Breed, the U.S. San Francisco Mayor, announced Thursday the opening of San Francisco’s first drug rehabilitation center.
According to the announcement, SoMa RISE (Recovery Initiate. Support and Engagement) Center is located in the South of Market neighborhood. This indoor space allows people intoxicated with opioids or methamphetamines to come in from the streets, rest, stabilize, and connect with care and services.
Tenderloin and South of Market have the highest rates of overdose in the city. These are mainly among people who are experiencing homelessness.

SoMa RISE, part of the city’s response to the overdose crisis, aims at saving lives and decreasing public drug use.
The center can support up to 20 individuals at once, with some flexibility. The center will allow most individuals who need care to stay for between 4-12 hours. They can then rest, stabilize, and get basic services like showers, toilets, and meals.
Breed said that the city is currently experiencing a crisis in substance use and mental illness. “The SoMa RISE Center will provide a safe place for those in need. It also brings us closer to making a positive difference in the lives of these people and all San Franciscans.”

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