I am sure I am going to sound like an ignorant soul, but I have this question: Since I am assuming that the homeless are without money, how do they afford opioids?
This is coming in response to a reply from someone else on this topic.
How does a homeless person afford/obtain any medications, unless community services somehow help them get a prescription.
If it weren’t for buying a nearly condemned house very cheap, fixing it up myself and getting it paid off quickly (<7 yrs), I would be homeless. During that house-buying-renovation time, I was forced out of my minimum wage job with the county. My partner has become too ill and crippled to work at an age where he could apply for a couple hundred dollars a month of Social Security (the medicos here refuse to say anyone is disabled as long as they are breathing) and he needs constant assistance day-to-day, as he continues to fall about every six weeks or so.
We have heat assistance, use the food shelf when it’s open once a month, and I garden my tiny backyard patch. I sell vintage items on Etsy, bringing in (usually much) less than $100/month that pays for groceries. We pay copays for the meds he has to take to stay moderately healthy; I do not go to any doctors. I am severely depressed, but the thought of trusting any of the doctors in this area for meds that might help is beyond me.
We owe back taxes on the property and cannot get assistance from the county for new roof, siding or insulation, because we owe back taxes.
In the past five years, we were able to earn enough money to carry us thru to the next season by renovating homes, but with his disabilities getting worse, our days got shorter and shorter and small jobs took longer than clients felt was necessary. They liked the work, we only charged them for the time we were actually working, and only billed when we were done, but visitors, like fish, stink after three days.
I look out my window at the cold (we get -40F often as the temp) and remember that freezing to death is merely a matter of falling asleep. And I am tired of staring out the window.