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A huge increase in drug overdoses, rather than COVID-19, reportedly constituted the primary cause of death among the burgeoning homeless population in Los Angeles County during the first year of the pandemic.
This is according to findings from L.A. County’s own Department of Health. Making matters worse, self-defeating lockdown policies under far-left Gov. Gavin Newsom may have interfered with potential treatment help for those on skid row, the report also reportedly implied.
“Nearly 2,000 homeless people died in Los Angeles County during the first year of the pandemic, an increase of 56% from the previous year, driven mainly by drug overdoses, authorities said, the Associated Press reported. “Between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, the county recorded 1,988 deaths of homeless people, up from 1,271 deaths during the same period a year earlier, the report said.”
Only 179 destitute persons died from the coronavirus in the year 2000. “[D]despite initial fears, the virus itself was not the main culprit in deaths among California’s largest-in-the-nation unhoused population. But it did cut people off from mental health and substance abuse treatment after services were drastically reduced to prevent the spread of the virus,” AP added.
“During both of those years, drug overdoses were the leading cause of death but increased by 78% during the pandemic’s first year,” the news outlet noted.
Progressives like Calif. Gov. @GavinNewsom say it’s not compassionate to arrest drug addicts. But the result of their supposed compassion was an unconscionable 56% increase in deaths among homeless people in L.A., mainly from drug overdosehttps://t.co/IKVSb9au47
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) April 24, 2022
Methamphetamine was reportedly the common denominator in most deaths, along with fentanyl also playing a role in this crisis on the streets of Los Angeles among what the cohort that liberals now often classify, as noted above, as the “unhoused.”
There have been record quantities of methamphetamine seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency reported last year, as well as vast quantities of fentanyl.
Coronary heart disease was the second leading cause of death in this unhealthy population during the same time frame.
The indigent population has surged in California to about 160,000, which is said to be the largest such convergence in the nation, approximately 40,000 of which is said to be “suffering from severe mental illness.”
Watch a report aired by Fox 11 Los Angeles:
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, a Democrat, has asserted that radical, Soros-backed District Attorney George Gascon, a prosecutor who goes who goes to great lengths to avoid prosecuting many crimes, has fostered “a climate where homelessness, drug abuse, is spiraling out of control.”
Homeless drug addicts, many of whom are living in impromptu tent cities, are not merely engaging in self-destructive behavior or are suffering in silence from psychological challenges.
A certain segment of the homeless group is violent and thus contributes to the increase in physical, person-to-person street crime.
Homelessness, surging So Cal crime results in death of ER nurse, UCLA grad student being fatally stabbed https://t.co/UpsYV40l1L
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) January 17, 2022
Subscribers to the Fox Nation streaming service can access the compelling and disturbing Tucker Carlson documentary “The Suicide of Los Angeles,” which, in a concise way (is perhaps unique for content of that nature), describes a once-leading city in the formerly Golden State that has descended into a crime-ridden dystopia because of policies imposed by leftists like Gascon and other Democrat officials.
LA gangs reportedly capitalize on lax laws, send crews to stalk and prey upon city’s elite https://t.co/5JsRCAB0VL
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) April 13, 2022
A nascent 2021 voter recall of Gascon came up short because of lack of petition signatures. A second recall drive, which appears to have far more momentum, is currently underway and appears likely to make the November 2022 ballot.
Los Angeles is set to elect a new mayor on November 8, 2022. A non-partisan primary is scheduled for June 7, 2022.
As part of a recent settlement in a federal lawsuit, Los Angeles city officials have agreed to spend up to $3 billion over the next five years to build approximately 16,000 housing units for the homeless. The county is not part of the settlement.
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