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Presque 2,000 homeless people died in LA during first year of pandemic

Presque 2,000 homeless people died in LA during first year of pandemic
Majority of deaths were drug overdoses after mental health and substance abuse treatments were slashed to curb Covid spread

A surge in drug overdoses among Los Angeles County’s homeless population during the first year of the pandémie came as mental health and substance abuse treatment after services were drastically reduced to prevent the spread of the virus, les fonctionnaires disent.

A report from LA County’s Department of Public Health showed that nearly 1,988 died between 1 avril 2020 et 31 Mars 2021, une augmentation de 56 per cent from the previous year.

Drug overdoses increased by 78 per cent during the pandemic’s first year. In the pre-pandemic year, the Department of Public Health reported 402 fatal overdoses. In the year after the outbreak, the number nearly doubled to 715, le rapport dit.

Coronary heart disease was the second leading cause of death in the first year of the pandemic, accounting for 309 deaths and an increase of almost 30 per cent from the previous year, le rapport dit.

The report found that 179 homeless people died from Covid-19 during the pandemic’s first year.

The pandemic likely exacerbated an already growing drug and overdose problem, driven by the prevalence of fentanyl, les autorités ont dit. Methamphetamine was involved in the majority of deaths, à 75 pour cent, roughly the same as the previous year.

But the involvement of fentanyl in overdose deaths nearly doubled to 45 pour cent, le rapport dit.

“The findings in this report reflect a true state of emergency,” said First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis.

“In a civil society, it is unacceptable for any of us to not be profoundly disturbed by the shocking needs documented in this year’s homeless mortality report.”

Los Angeles County is home to the Skid Row neighborhood, notorious for poverty and drugs and where LA’s homeless population was once largely confined. À présent, rows of tents, cardboard shelters, battered RVs and makeshift plywood structures are familiar sights throughout the nation’s second-most populous city.

<p>The infamous Skid Row homeless encampment in downtown Los Angeles is home to around 8,000 gens</p&pt;

The infamous Skid Row homeless encampment in downtown Los Angeles is home to around 8,000 gens

California has the largest unhoused population in the country, estimated at 161,000 with nearly a quarter of that number suffering from severe mental illness, selon un 2020 count of homeless people required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on people experiencing homelessness has clearly extended beyond the immediate effects of this new and deadly virus,” said Los Angeles Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

“The pandemic has exacerbated stressors already burdening this vulnerable population.”

A study of San Francisco homeless deaths released last month showed similar findings: Between March 2020 et mars 2021, there were 331 homeless deaths recorded in San Francisco, more than twice the number of any previous year, with the leading cause of death being drug overdose, according to a study conducted by the University of California San Francisco and the city’s Department of Public Health.

Associated Press contributed to this report