It's a problem in many communities across the nation. Heroin addicts. Shooting up in parks and playgrounds. Leaving dirty needles behind. Needles that may be diseased and which present a threat to our children.
San Francisco is considering funding centers where people can shoot up safely. Out of the public view. The needles properly disposed of.
Oh, and there'd also be drug counselors on site. To try to wean them from their habits.
Advocates say it's a humane way of dealing with a horrific public health problem. A problem that doesn't just affect the addicts.
But many law enforcement officials oppose these initiatives. They say setting up the centers would encourage people to illegally use drugs.