Researchers may have discovered the initial steps to helping cocaine abusers overcome their addiction. A study conducted by scientists at UCSF and the National Institute of Health found that activating neurons in the brainʼs prefrontal cortex eliminated cocaine addition in lab rats. The paper, pu ... More >>
A toddler is back in the unsupervised care of his Southern California father after an appeals court ruled that the state cannot remove a child from their home because the parent uses medical marijuana.The boy, who was 14 months old at the time, became a ward of the court in 2011 after the Los Angele ... More >>
You won't be seeing a lot of Billie Joe Armstrong in person these days -- the Green Day singer is currently in rehab working on some substance abuse issues. But the Oakland rocker's pretaped appearances on NBC singing competition the Voice began airing last night, giving us a first look at how the p ... More >>
The SFPD is onto you again, but this time the cops are coming for your drugs -- prescription drugs, that is.This weekend local police will turn a blind eye to your pill-popping habits in an effort to stop the spread of prescription drug abuse.All you have to do is drop all your unused, unwanted, or ... More >>
Sadly, New Leaf is being turned overExploding costs of health care benefits and leases will force New Leaf -- a 35-year-old San Francisco center serving the LGBT community with mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS services -- to close in October. The center's board of directors announced ... More >>
A police dispatcher apparently likes both of these things more than her job...There are so many people whose careers have gone south due to bizarre postings on Facebook that there's even a Facebook page chronicling them. Whether a police dispatcher who stated she was addicted to prescription drug ... More >>
The excitement stops here. I know ... I know ... that today's the day Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom releases his budget for San Francisco (a California city he occasionally resides in for campaign purposes). And I know that, when he does, we're all going to die a little. I know. But ... More >>
At last he can get the help he needs. Perhaps you're next. Articles about menstruation, alcoholism, or drunken mice are not usually high on anyone's wish list -- but, combine all three and you've got a hell of a story. A paper published late last month by researchers at U.C. San Francisco's Ernest G ... More >>
Deanna Johnson testified against a murderer to save her son. But in the projects, truth comes at a price.
Here's to the Mourning
A downward spiral hits its nadir
Lefty weeklies are always bitching about the mainstream press. Here're some rotten chestnuts we wish the alternative press would quit serving up.
San Francisco's poet laureate, devorah major, turns out an intelligent, provocative novel about African-American life in the Fillmore District
Heartbreaking, autobiographical short stories from J.T. LeRoy
Proposition 36 is based on a noble idea: substituting drug treatment for prison sentences. But the measure needs practical help.
The Tenderloin Y Group
In a radical approach, San Francisco is making addiction a health issue rather than a law enforcement imperative. So far, though, treatment on demand has been a costly pipe dream.
How a false rumor of drug use dogged the life and career of actor Billy Gray
The promise of a new treatment has opened a painful divide
A smack addict tries to become an overnight success
New law axes disability benefits for alcoholics, addicts; advocates fear homelessness upsurge
Homeless gay youths in San Francisco run an extraordinary risk of HIV infection, according to city statistics. On the street, safety is a matter of economics -- and hope.
Sin and salvation with Rancid
The enforcement of drug laws should be less hurtful than the dangers inherent indrug use itself, say the "harm reductionists" at Prevention Point, who practice what they preach by distributing 1.5 million needles to the city's drug users
New statistics contradict Jordan's spin on homeless crackdown