San Francisco’s free booze for homeless alcoholics program slammed by critics

San Francisco’s free booze for homeless alcoholics program slammed by critics


San Francisco is getting hammered for spending millions of dollars on a program that gives free booze to homeless alcoholics, but researchers are insisting the multimillion-dollar strategy has merit. 

Keanan Joyner, a professor and researcher in the Clinical Research on Externalizing and Addiction Mechanisms Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, called San Francisco’s Managed Alcohol Program, or MAP, “a very positive thing.”

A homeless encampment is seen along Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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“The science is very clear at this point that harm reduction as a general strategy for treating alcohol and other drug use disorders is very effective,” he said on Monday. 

MAP was started four years ago as a way to

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