SF gives methadone, alcohol, cannabis to some addicts and homeless isolating from coronavirus in hotels

  • San Francisco’s health department confirmed Wednesday that the city was administering alcohol, tobacco, medical cannabis and other substances in an effort to prevent a handful of people quarantined or isolating in city-leased hotels from going outside to get the substances themselves.
  • The hotel residents are also receiving medications such as methadone delivered by methadone clinics to tamp down heroin cravings.
  • It’s all part of a widely used harm reduction approach to helping addicts stay inside and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus while coping with the loss or reduction of their core drugs.
  • Eleven of those under isolation and quarantine have received alcohol from the health department and around 27 have received tobacco, Lane said.
  • So health department workers are calculating how much alcohol a hotel guest needs to stave off the effects of mild withdrawal.

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