San Francisco Mayor: Safe injection sites are 'one step away' after legislature passes bill

The California Legislature has passed Assembly Bill 186, giving the go-ahead for safe injection sites in San Francisco under a 3-year pilot. The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. "With this final vote, AB 186 is one step away from being law," San Francisco Mayor London Breed said in a statement.

The California Legislature has passed Assembly Bill 186, giving the go-ahead for safe injection sites in San Francisco under a 3-year pilot. The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. "With this final vote, AB 186 is one step away from being law," San Francisco Mayor London Breed said in a statement. "Safe injection sites save lives. We are in a public health crisis and this bill will help us by preventing overdoses while connecting people to medical care that can help treat their addiction." Breed has been a longtime advocate for safe injection sites. During her time as supervisor, Breed led a task force which estimated in a September 2017 report that the city could save around $3.5 million a year by opening a safe injection site because of reduced health care costs and increased drug treatment uptake. In places like Canada and Europe, safe injection sites have been shown to prevent overdose deaths, reduce the spread of diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV, and help get users into services such as drug treatment programs.