A homeless man with his pants down in drugged stupor in front of children

There’s no denying that San Francisco is one of America’s most beautiful and recognizable cities, but it has been racked with problems thanks to leftist policies that have driven drug addiction and homelessness through the roof.

The Daily Wire’s Kassy Dillon and Colton Haas traveled to the city by the bay and spoke to experts and homeless people about the conditions that have encouraged the spread of drugs, disease, and more. During their trip, they could see the awful condition the city is currently in:

We spent our first day walking around the Tenderloin District, only to see our fellow Americans defecating on the sidewalk, shooting up in broad daylight, and overall living in third-world conditions. In one children’s playground we visited, there were wrappers that once held drugs and caps of syringes.

We also spoke with several homeless people — many of whom told us they were addicted to drugs and desperately want help.

The problem was so bad that even school children are exposed to gross sites, such as a homeless man passed out and pantsless.

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.

As the Daily Wire points out, the homeless problem is only being fueled by the city government actually helping along the drug problem by handing out needles themselves:

While San Francisco has always battled homelessness and currently has about 7,000 homeless people, the drug issue is exacerbating the problem.

The city currently hands out more than 400,000 syringes each month but only 246,000 are returned, leaving 154,000 syringes left on the streets.

Sarah Lee of RedState reported last year that the problem has gotten so bad that even tourist groups have begun demanding leaders do what’s necessary to clean the problem up after having received a deluge of complaints from customers.

One of the complaints consistently seen about San Francisco is its feces problem. Many homeless people relieve themselves openly on city sidewalks, creating unsanitary conditions that aren’t getting any better. One group even created a “poop map” that gives a monthly detailed look at where poop was sighted in the city.