Is Homelessness Causing a Health Crisis?
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Is Homelessness Causing a Health Crisis?

March 9, 2020


– It’s a national crisis that affects every single
city in this country, whether it’s metropolitan or rural, homelessness has no boundaries. – [Narrator] We have seen the horrors of homelessness rise in recent years. Reminders of encampments, people with signs on
the side of the highway, and tent filled communities
are seen on the news every day. But it’s a new outbreak
within the homeless community that has lawmakers and citizens beginning to panic and wonder what should be done. According to the Center for
Disease Control and Prevention, outbreaks of hepatitis A have spread through Delaware, Florida,
and South Carolina. And in California, a surge of typhus with typhoid fever popped up throughout the homeless community. As communicable diseases spread throughout American communities, federal and state officials are struggling to figure out ways to
ease the homeless problem without burdening taxpayers. With the homeless, our
streets, and health at stake, what can be done to help the situation? – Dr. Drew, this is a
problem on so many levels and a true public health crisis. – One hundred percent. This is a mental health catastrophe. The vast majority of people on the streets have a
mental health diagnosis. I’ve been out on the streets, 100% of the people I interact with have either substance abuse or
a major psychiatric disorder. Now, there are people that
are transiently homeless, on average spend about
three months on the street and find their way off, there’s lot of resources for them, we have to be very concerned
about that population, they do not have a
mental health diagnosis. But the people we see on
the street in the tents that are so concerning to us, that are becoming the
public health problem, mental health is the problem. We choked off our state
mental health system. There is no constitutional mandate for our federal government to do anything about mental health, and we have no system of
state mental health resources, so people go to the street. We belch people out of our
state mental health hospitals into streets, nursing homes, and jails. They don’t belong in the jails either, but this is a total mess,
and in the meantime, they’re languishing on the streets, you can’t help them unless they want it, unless they ask for help, the rodents have overpopulated our city, I knew there was a
problem when my own home became overrun by rats. I also have practiced medicine forever in the San Gabriel Valley and I know when rats come, typhus follows. My own son had typhus, so lo and behold, outbreak of typhus. Now the big problem, we’re in the middle of a
typhus outbreak right now. Don’t mistake that for typhoid fever, that’s another thing we’ve got, which is a fecal-oral-borne illness, not a rat-flea-borne illness. Typhus is what concerns me because what follows typhus is something
called Yersinia pestis, also called? – Bubonic Plague! – Bubonic plague. We have plague, the last plague
outbreak in the country was in Los Angeles in the 1920s. Yersinia is in the squirrels,
it gets into the rats, it’s going to get into us. I’ve spoken to experts
who say it’s inevitable. I am profoundly concerned
about us handling this problem before it’s too late. – And Dr. Drew, as you stated, most homeless people have
a mental health issue, they were lost in the system. They may have been seen at one time, but they’re no longer
on their medications. Until they have a true
psychotic bad episode, they get arrested, they get sent to the mental health hospitals, which don’t have enough
room to handle them, it’s a vicious circle.

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  1. One thing I dont like is that the government isn't trying to help stop homelessness instead of complaining about it happening.

  2. Sad that a person like Trump that has so many money doesnt do so much more by donating more money to help with thas problem.
    Sadly that so much has to happen before things are done. And sadly when ilness breaks out no matter what kind, it has to be so bad before something happens, and this is all over the world 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

  3. No they are not why ya'll trying to give up on them to thought ya'll cared for people? now in day's it seems like everyone became to heartless

  4. 😏….you guys are reporting on this ongoing crisis like you really give a damn!

    Spare us your feigned concerns…

    Must be ratings week..🙄

  5. Mike Bloomberg spent $500mil on his failed Presidential campaign…half a billion dollars!!!!

    Betcha he wouldn't give a homeless man or woman 500$ today if their life depended on it..
    FOH.

  6. you can blame government and corporate evil and corruption which is only making everything worse everyday

  7. The health crisis is causing homelessness, especially the lack of mental health care. And the millionaires/billionaires convincing the middle classes that the poor are the problem is causing the health crisis. What happened to the common good? Please, Doctors, the slant of this video is beneath you.

  8. The problem is, is in order to get HUD housing, as a single adult with no children, you have to have a DSM label. So one may get a Bullshit Dx of Adjustment disorder, but soon it becomes "depression" or "anxiety" about the fear of living on the street/surviving a rape while homeless/ domestic violence. Those Dx's get medicated, which leads to unknown side effects and a more severe mental illness dx's, which leads to heavier medicating/poly drugging and impulse control issues. With poly drugging, and using street drugs to control side effects of psych drugs, you get even MORE bizarre and violent behaviors. We need to stop requiring a DSM Dx in order to get housing as a single adult with no children.

  9. We have fake homeless here,they receive welfare then they write a cardboard sign begging for cash then they go home and spend the cash on drugs!! And more often than not there the repeat offenders.

  10. But the one’s that have a major psych. disorder may be unable to care for themselves even with a home. Very sad ☹️💜🙏

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