One young man told us that he came to San Francisco at age 18 hoping to have fun, became addicted to drugs, and is now starting to look back at the five years he believes he has wasted living on the streets and doing heroin.

Although not shown in the video, one of the most frightening moments for me was when a homeless man saw our camera and hollered at me to “film this!” When I turned around, there was a syringe sticking out of his wrist and blood dripping down his arm.

The next day, we traveled to the tourist districts and still saw signs of the homelessness crisis and opioid epidemic. While interviewing parents chaperoning a field trip for elementary schoolers, there was a man lying in the grass with his pants pulled down — completely visible to the young kids only 100 feet away.