Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Friday, Dec. 13, and one indicator of San Francisco’s drug problems shows a significant decline. Plus we have a bay-focused gift guide for all the fellow Bay Briefing readers on your list. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Long-term treatment hope New data from the San Francisco Public Health Department show a marked decrease in drug treatment admissions over the past four years — from about 11,000 total in 2014 to 8,600 in 2018. Given San Francisco’s high rates of drug use and overdose deaths, the decrease in admissions might seem concerning, but public health and addiction experts say it may be largely because of people accessing other types of services — such as medication-assisted treatment such as methadone and buprenorphine — that may be better at helping people beat dangerous addictions. The number of people on buprenorphine alone has increased dramatically over the past four years. Reporter Erin Allday parses what the decline may mean for San Francisco’s fight against drug addiction. Those darn Californians again House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas (left), pauses as Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, talks with Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.Photo: Chip Somodevilla /… Read full this story
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