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“All of the risk factors do seem to be present for another wave of adult homelessness,” Dennis P. Culhane, who worked on the study as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, told Business Insider. “And, indeed, while we don’t see rates exceeding expectations yet, we do see that the proportion of homeless in their 20s is growing every year for the last five years, and that they now account for 25 percent of the adult homeless population.”
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate painkiller that is much stronger than morphine or heroin - in fact, it is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.
Both addicts and their carers speak very positively of the once-controversial project. The ‘patients’ no longer need to steal to buy their daily shots and some have even got themselves jobs. The nuisance caused by addicts in Utrecht – and now in many other major cities as well – has all but disappeared and there are few new addicts appearing on the scene. Society is no longer paying for their petty theft and illness.
None of the addicts in the Utrecht programme have been in trouble with the law since starting the treatment.
Reform advocates say America addresses drug abuse the wrong way, focusing too much on arresting addicts rather than making sure they can defeat their addictions, get healthy and stay out of trouble.
. . . oversight . . .
originally posted by: Parafitt
Who needs heroin.
Just get a bottle jacks. repeat. repeat. and so on. No one cares then, just a drunk, dead in a pool of vomit and urine. No one give a toss.
amazed I am still alive.
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
a reply to: onequestion
Great thread, good info.
The issue is that Heroin is becoming less popular in favor of pharmaceuticals. Namely Fentanyl Patches that are easy to get, relatively cheap and provide a deeper, more dangerous high.
We need proper programs to help people who are addicted to these dirty drugs and those programs must include a post addiction service to make sure people aren't falling into their old habits, simply because they have no support system.
It's hard once you've been down a dark path, and the criminal justice system of the US doesn't make things any easier by imposing harsh fines and damning charges so no one will hire someone that really wants to turn their life around.
originally posted by: the owlbear
I live in a quiet corner of Chester County, PA. And I have to say, Heroin is HUGE here. I'm originally from the Great Plains. Out there, over twenty years ago through today meth was and is huge. But not like the heroin here.
I had no car a few years ago and needed to walk five miles to pick up a prescription from the pharmacy. Walked along roads by farms mostly. Saw three syringes on the roadside. I doubt diabetics casually toss something like that out of their vehicles.
Had to go to therapy after a dui. I was the only dui in a group of fourteen. One woman was a tooter, the rest were heroin and painkillers.
My gf's house was broken into three years ago by junkies who followed the FedEx truck around Christmas time. When they were arrested for trying to sell the jewelry they stole and went in front of a judge their excuse was, you guessed it, heroin.
It wasn't this bad until after we had US soldiers guarding the poppy fields of Afghanistan. Fact. Mexican tar isn't very accessible either from what I have grokked from those that use...
Great thread 1?
It's a damn shame that you had to write it. And I feel for all of those who are either struggling with that demon or who are watching someone close to them waste away. We can do better as a society to help those who cannot help themselves.