Several people appearing to shoot up drugs at a San Francisco rail station were caught on camera in a video published Friday by Fox News.
The recording reportedly shows an ongoing problem in the California city, particularly at places of transit like the underground rail stations.
“I walk this [Bay Area Rapid Transit] Station every day and it can be a scary place at times,” resident Shannon Gafford, who recorded the scenes over the course of a week, wrote on Facebook. “I’m tired of our city and state officials acting like this is such a great place with No Problems! As you can see, this looks a lot like Hell.”
Other people visible in the video seem to be unconscious, throwing up, or slumped over in a drug-induced snooze. San Francisco commuters say they are forced to go around their fellow citizens to get to their destinations as the impaired lay and meander.
“Every day. Every morning. 5:30 to 6 o’clock, you can see there’s dozens of them,” one resident told CBS San Francisco. “Needles everywhere. Crack, heroin.”
San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell said the “situation” is “simply unacceptable,” even almost “disastrous.”
“It’s a real concern for our riders, and we appreciate that,” Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) spokesman Chris Filippi said, according to CBS San Francisco. “But what we have to do is make the most of the resources, the limited resources that we have.”
Law enforcement in the area argue there aren’t enough police officers to sufficiently combat the apparent epidemic of homelessness and drug use. (RELATED: American Cartel: Here Are The Politicians That Took Opioid Tycoons’ ‘Dirty, Bloody Money’)
BART Director Bevan Dufty said they are surely losing riders because of the horrible circumstances.
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