Drug overdoses have led to a sharp increase in homeless deaths in the United States, not COVID


Drug overdoses have led to a sharp increase in homeless deaths in the United States, not COVID

Homeless deaths in the United States increased in the first two years of the pandemic. But in some areas, not a single death has been attributed to the virus itself.

LOS ANGELES — It happened nine different times.

Sometimes it was after spotting someone injecting heroin and suddenly passing out. In others, it would be after screaming in the middle of the night that someone died of an overdose.

Each time, 58-year-old Fredrick Mitchel pulled out Narcan, the drug that can fix an opioid overdose, and tried to save a life.

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