The San Francisco Bay Area is putting homeless people with COVID-19 in hotel rooms. Some are given alcohol to prevent withdrawal.

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California counties are sheltering homeless residents who are infected with COVID-19, or at high risk of getting infected, in hotels and motels. In the Bay Area, San Francisco and Contra Costa counties are offering alcohol to guests who might otherwise experience withdrawal. San Francisco is also allowing guests to purchase their own medical cannabis, while Contra Costa is purchasing tobacco for guests out of its own budget.  The programs are part of a “harm reduction” strategy that aims to keep homeless residents from leaving the hotels to retrieve substances. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.


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