Zócalo Public Square Presents: Can Anything Stop America’s Opioid Addiction?
It’s been called the worst drug crisis in U.S. history, with death rates rivaling the AIDS scourge at its peak. Since 1999, overdose deaths driven by opioids from heroin to prescription pain relievers have nearly quadrupled, crossing age, race, socioeconomic status, and geography. In 12 states, the Centers for Disease Control counted more opioid prescriptions than people. Communities are pushing primary care physicians to incorporate treatment into their practice, seeking greater regulation of pain medicine prescriptions, and advocating for mandatory…Find out more »
What Can Everyday Angelenos Do About Homelessness?
Los Angeles leaders have developed billion-dollar plans to boost services and build housing for the homeless. But such plans are now stuck in political quicksand, with neighborhood activists blocking shelters and new housing. Meanwhile, living in a city with a homelessness emergency is an everyday struggle, and there is no guidebook to dealing with sidewalk squalor or witnessing human suffering on your street. What’s the best way for Angelenos to engage with our homeless neighbors? What can we contribute to…Find out more »