Poverty
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Medical marijuana no cure for opioid crisis

Compassion | New study finds overdoses went up in states that legalized pot for medical uses
by Charissa Crotts
Posted 6/19/19, 02:00 pm

Opioid overdose rates have increased in states where medical marijuana is legal, according to a study that contradicts previous findings released last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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An ever-growing burden

Compassion | Despite enormous spending on housing, homelessness rises in Los Angeles
by Charissa Crotts
Posted 6/12/19, 04:25 pm

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) announced last week that between 2018 and 2019 the county’s homeless population increased by 12 percent and the city’s increased by 16 percent despite massive government efforts and spending.

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Feeling helpless for the homeless

Homelessness | Our best efforts to fix the problem are still falling short
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/10/19, 02:46 pm

A while ago, a church friend invited me to give a talk about homelessness at her local community group in Los Angeles. More than two dozen people showed up that night—much more than usual, my friend later told me. That night we squeezed into a living room and for two hours talked about how to best help the homeless in our city.

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