On “Jesse Watters Primetime,” activist and former drug dealer Ricci Wynne spoke out against harm reduction initiatives and possible safe consumption locations in San Francisco.
According to Wynne, politicians are worsening the country’s drug epidemic by “moving the moral goalpost further away from where it should be,” They should emphasize abstinence-based initiatives rather than harm-reduction strategies.
Wynne informed Jesse Watters. San Francisco is considering moving forward with plans to establish safe consumption locations that would let people use illicit substances in a setting under medical supervision.
“[It’s] going to make the problem worse. It’s already created such a buzz that people are coming here to San Francisco in droves for what I like to call druggie tourism,” he said. “They come here because they know the consequences are minuscule, if any, and they can come here [and] just use openly.“
“And when all the drug addicts come here, then what follows is more drug dealers.”
Watters questioned Ricci about a popular video he had captured in 2022 of young people exiting a bus and passing a lengthy line of drug users and junkies on their way home from school.
“How are these young children processing [this]?” Watters asked.
“I can only imagine,” Wynne responded. “You know, I grew up in a household where there was a lot of drug use and it had a negative impact on my life, so I’m imagining that these kids that are just walking to and from school, walking with their parents to go to the mall or go get some ice cream or whatever, and they’re forced to see this type of grotesque drug use because, let’s be honest, that’s what it is. I mean, it’s not just the run-of-the-mill.”
He detailed how he sees drug users puffing on joints on the pavement or injecting fentanyl or methamphetamine into their necks.
“It’s pretty grotesque,” he added.
In response to drug overdose deaths, San Francisco Mayor London Breed proclaimed a state of emergency in the Tenderloin neighborhood in 2021.
Breed reported at least 700 overdose deaths in the city in 2020 and 650 in 2021.
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