She failed to save her daughter from fentanyl’s grip. A year later, her daughter and S.F. remain stuck

Mother Laurie Steves moved from Seattle to San Francisco to try to save her daughter, Jessica, from homelessness and fentanyl addiction. Here’s what’s happened since.


128 · 18 days ago · Reddit

Compulsory drug treatment probably wouldn't solve all of these problems, but it would certainly help solve most of them.

81 · 18 days ago · Reddit

Laurie arrived in the city on Jan. 2 and, with Adam’s guidance, quickly found Jessica’s tent. It sits at what was once a pleasant corner dotted with small businesses, many of which have closed down. The Good Hotel became a shelter-in-place hotel during the pandemic, a program that surely helped save lives but one that didn’t include enough effort to prevent dealers from taking over the sidewalk outside. It’s now vacant.

So, basically, the city destroyed small businesses that pay taxes, in order to warehouse addicts who inevitably bring in their wake, drug dealers.

We keep prioritizing addicts over everyone else, over children who must play amongst discarded needles, over elders who are robbed and harassed, over small businesses trying to survive. Entire neighborhoods are destroyed.

And for what gain? The homeless addicts we sacrifice so much to help, live in misery.

The only people who gain are the drug dealers, and Jennifer Friedenbach and her homelessness industry.

Give the homeless addicts a choice: rehab or jail. We don't need complex conservatorship schemes, because smoking meth and shooting up in public are illegal.

Seize the drugs and offer them pre-trial diversion to rehab, or let them go to jail. Seize the heroin and then their best high is at the methadone clinic.

Stop making it so very easy to be an addict, and you'll have fewer addicts -- even if current addicts don't get clean, at least you'll stop creating as many new addicts.

65 · 18 days ago · Reddit

Folks need to realize it's not the government's responsibility to keep you clean and sober. It's not ANYONE's responsibility. Doesn't matter how you got hooked on drugs, you have to get yourself out. Not the government, not non-profits, not your family. YOU.

57 · 18 days ago · Reddit

I lost my little brother to fentanyl 5 years ago. No family should ever have to deal with its effects

53 · 18 days ago · Reddit

I remember her. She basically said she doesn’t need to get better because the city provides everything she needs so she never has to. The city enables this behavior instead of treating it. The homeless industrial complex keeps it this way. Because fixing the problem means they lose their jobs. It’s in their best interest to not fix it

33 · 18 days ago · Reddit

Why can’t we take conservatorship of some of these folks who clearly are not of sound mind and judgment? Genuine question about the laws surrounding that

20 · 18 days ago · Reddit

“It’s like a vortex,” she said. “I want to get out of here. But why the f— would I leave here if I have everything I need given to me? “It might be enabling or it might be keeping you in a cycle, but at least you can survive,” she continued. “That’s better than a lot of places.”

This is a quote from the daughter, Jessica, from a past news article. She likes it in SF because it's so easy. She can steal from Target, sell the items and buy more drugs with zero risk.

16 · 18 days ago · Reddit

The article is......

Well. Pretty onesided on it's storytelling.

The mom is clearly trying to help, but the daughter doesn't want it.

Sure, the clear insight is "oooohhhh drugs", but the problem is not her mother, it's the daughter.

Annnnd we hear very little about her background and circumstances in why she refuses her mom's help.

Even the few quotes they use for the daughter is minimal without context.

And the tentmate, who is that? Why are they so important?

What about the circumstances of the son that died?

For a piece focusing on the mom's efforts, it sure lacks any context on how this all came to be.

And it's frustrating, because it's a story so incomplete that it depends on the reader to fill the gaps and assume.

And gets us no closer to actual answers that aren't answered already.

EDIT: /u/​lecarpetron_dook (thank you) referenced this was part 2 of a series, though still, it's lacking answers to critical questions.

My critique of it being one-sided still stands for the current piece, they actually did a pretty good job the first time and failed the second.

I have no idea why.

12 · 18 days ago · Reddit

We have two groups of people we are dealing with: Group A: People who live here, who want to be safe and comfortable, who want to raise kids who are not exposed to violence, crime. Group B: People who have fallen through the cracks and who are also human beings and deserve to be safe.

  • Ever since I moved to SF, I've been repeatedly told that the best way to deal with drugs was to decriminalize and then help up with safe injection sites, rehabilitation centers. By Americans who tell me that the proscribe, ban and arrest way of right wing states is bad. Now, I am willing to believe that those states do a bad job of helping the vulnerable (Group B), but are they doing better in terms of keeping their communities safe (Group A)? In SF, I feel like we have done a bad job of helping both Group A and Group B at this point. Drugs are decriminalized effectively. We have safe injection sites and rehabilitation centers. Yet, I see needles on the streets. I don't see a lot of success stories from the money that is being spent (my tax dollars if you will). I on the other hand do see crime. It is almost a meme that I have to go through this complicated ritual if I want to park a car on the streets. So I (as part of Group A) am not happy. Clearly this article shows us that Group B people are also being let down.

  • We keep talking about rehabilitation. But how do you help someone who doesn't want to be helped? Like this woman Jessica did not want help from her mother, told her to leave her alone. Now in a right wing state, she woulda been in prison and died. Here she dies on the streets.

Seems to me that either the grift goes towards private prisons or the Homeless Industrial Complex. At the end of the day, once you get hooked on drugs, you are basically fucked. I am beginning to understand why all my friends who are moving out of this city are moving to safe suburbs, it makes me sad but I guess that is where I will be headed soon.

5 · 18 days ago · Reddit

When did our local & state government become so incompetent( within the last 10 years or so it’s been really bad). They can’t solve or come up with any plans for positive change on anything. Basically if you are homeless, severe mental illness & addicted to drugs, there is a high likelihood of dying from either one. But we throw BILLIONS at this shit and NOTHING changes! Something isn’t adding up! I’m so sick of it! I’ve myself lost a loved one to overdose, these wounds never heal 😞