One survey found that 80 percent of one encampment’s residents reported having a diagnosed mental illness.
Drug overdoses are the single greatest factor contributing to Los Angeles’ rising rate of homeless mortality, a report claims.
Safe injection facilities represent the highest ideal of harm reduction services for people who inject drugs, yet in the United States remain almost prohibitively controversial.
The Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction is more than a syringe exchange. It’s a place where people who use drugs also find community, treatment for their psychic and physical wounds, and advice to help them stay alive and disease-free while they continue to use drugs.