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Homelessness in California and what’s wrong with their attempts to solve this problem
Why Homelessness in California is Different Compared to the Rest of US | Vern Pierson
... If we we carefully take a look at why. Why is it that this homelessness problem, the the drug addiction problem, the theft problem, if these problems which are all interrelated, why are they becoming a crisis or not becoming?
They have become a crisis here in California and they're not throughout the rest of the United States, even in Blue States. The single dividing line between us and everywhere else in that regard is the legalization of hardcore drug use or the decriminalization of hardcore drug use. To put it that way that we know that people can go to a Harm Reduction Center.
Anderson Cooper recently had a story where they focused on that and a mother struggled to to help her son, and so she went to a San Francisco harm reduction Center, and what I may mean by Harm Reduction Center is it's a center where the government doctors nurses have gotten together non-profits benefited by nonprofits, and they essentially say we know that the heroin that you're taking, the fentanyl, the cocaine, the methamphetamine, whatever…it might be the very most hardcore drugs we know, that they are going to kill you, and every time they use… you use them, it damages your brain, damages your heart, damages your lung. We know it will eventually kill you but we're going to reduce the harm sufficiently that you're not going to die today. In other words, we'll have Narcan for you if you take too much Fentanyl, and we'll be able to bring you back today. All the while knowing that eventually it is killing that person, and when I say, eventually, not too distant future just in months or a few years it, will kill you …
So Anderson Cooper went and took a look at that but not directly. What he did was tell the story of a mother whose son has been going back and forth to these harm reduction centers, and she was shocked to see it wasn't like some sterile type environment, it was a party atmosphere of people using hardcore drugs supervised and managed by by people who know better; and when you talk about enabling non-profits that is probably the best example of it the people running those non-profits know that this is going to, fentanyl, the heroin, whatever, it is it is going to kill those people in a relatively short period of time and rather than trying to get them into rehab, rather than trying to do something about it, they're simply enabling them to continue to that that addiction and to use those drugs knowing it will kill them.
It's hard to fathom or believe that they are doing that to kill these people, right? I don't think they I think they're, uh I think it's denial maybe, I don't know, I mean, it's well intentioned. It's well intentioned but it's wrong.