SF’s new supervisor pushes for police crackdown in ‘drug enforcement priority zones’

San Francisco’s newest supervisor is pushing a plan for police officers to prioritize arresting drug dealers and confiscating illegal drugs from users in areas where people are seeking help with addiction.

The plan is part of a broader “right to recovery” initiative that Supervisor Matt Dorsey is drafting as he tries to confront the fentanyl crisis unfolding in SoMa and other parts of his district where overdoses are high and city officials want to connect more people to treatment .

Dorsey, who is in recovery for his own drug and alcohol abuse issues, said his goal is to make it easier for people to access treatment without being close to public drug use or dealing.

Dorsey sent a letter Tuesday to City Attorney David Chiu asking for his office’s help in drafting legislation that would create “drug enforcement priority zones” around facilities that serve people with substance or alcohol use disorder.

A former police spokesman appointed by Mayor London Breed in May, Dorsey said the legislation wouldn’t change any drug laws. Within the zones, police would be asked to immediately confiscate drugs and paraphernalia from users — regardless of whether they’re cited — and immediately arrest anyone selling illegal drugs.

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