Homeless people today struggle more with addiction than people who have stability in their life. Whether it’s due to financial issues, or not having a support system, homeless people struggle to get the help they need for both their addiction and their homelessness. A high number of homeless people report to have started an addiction since being homeless, and they do so to stay alive, in turn people are continuing to stay homeless and many of these people are dying of overdoses or just staying stuck in the situation they are forced to deal with alone. There are some states starting to decriminalize small amounts of drugs which is a big step to seeing these people not as criminals but as people with a mental illness who need help. This is what we need to work towards to make things a little easier for the people stuck in these situations to get them out.
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Causland, Rachael D., "Why Can't Homeless Addicts Get Help Too" (2020). English Department: Research for Change - Wicked Problems in Our World. 9.
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