Jerry Brown rejects safe injection site plan for San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected legislation that would have allowed San Francisco to open what could be the nation's first supervised drug injection sites under a pilot program.

Brown issued a veto Sunday, saying "enabling illegal and destructive drug use will never work."

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A model of what a safe injection site could look like is now open in San Francisco. Here's a tour of the facilities.

San Francisco could still choose to open such a site but it would be in violation of federal and state law.

Advocates of "safe injection" sites say the supervised locations prevent drug overdoses and provide access to counseling.

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The U.S. government and other critics say taxpayers shouldn't be enabling users.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has vowed to open a supervised injection site in the city, where public drug use is a major problem. She vowed to continue to work toward a solution and move the effort forward.

There are safe injection sites in other countries, but none in the United States.
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