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An Enlightened Exchange in Iran

The New York Times

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Two columns on how Iran averted a major AIDS epidemic through needle exchange programs; a conservative theocracy is successfully treating drug abuse as if it were Amsterdam.

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Success in the Big Apple / New York City finds path for mentally ill / Housing homeless before treatment bucks conventional wisdom
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SFGate

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In San Francisco, 23 percent of homeless people return to the street after transitional housing programs. A New York program gives the mentally ill and homeless individual apartments alongside average New Yorkers and has had an 84 percent retention rate.

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Here's More Proof That Giving Housing To Vets Prevents Homelessness

The Huffington Post

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Homelessness is rampant, and cities often struggle with creative ways to eliminate the problem. Numerous studies and pilot programs have concluded that simply giving housing to homeless people is a cost-effective and surefire way to keep them off of the streets.

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Sacramento looks to Seattle for ideas on homeless tent cities

Sacramento Bee

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Sacramento City Council members and top city officials will travel Friday to explore Seattle’s network of authorized tent cities for the homeless as they consider creating a similar “safe ground” here.

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Iceland Succeeds at Reversing Teenage Substance Abuse The U.S. Should Follow Suit

The Huffington Post

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With rampant substance abuse problems among youth, the United States should look to the success of Iceland in decreasing alcohol and drug use rates.

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America’s War On Drugs Has Failed. This Program Might Be The Solution.

The Huffington Post

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The war on drugs has put millions in jail and fails to curb illegal drug use. Tactics that focus on helping addicts are far more successful, such as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) and other decriminalization/community-partnership programs.

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Can a Minuscule Nonprofit Help San Francisco Win Its War on Homelessness?

San Francisco Magazine

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Solving the homeless crisis in San Francisco requires many different initiatives, some of which can be costly. North Beach Citizens is a small non-profit, founded by Francis Ford Coppola, has managed to offer temporary housing and peer support for the homeless. Since 2005, the organization has fo...

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With tent city cleared, no shortage of ideas — or homeless
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San Francisco Chronicle

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Removing encampments does not help the San Francisco homeless because there are not enough places for them to live off the streets. The city has had a history of projects that have aided the homeless in the past ten years, and currently in works the works is the creation of the Department of Home...

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Helping Drug-Addicted Inmates Break the Cycle

Stateline

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Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts has found a way to disrupt the opioid addiction cycle with the help of a relatively new addiction medication, Vivitrol. Such medications have been shown to be far more effective at helping people quit drugs when paired with counseling and g...

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This group found a simple way to get messages from homeless people to their families.

Upworthy

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Kevin Adler used his own experience with his homeless and estranged uncle to create 'Miracle Messages' —a project where he could record the messages of homeless individuals and post them on social media, in order to help reunite them with their families. This project, initially likened to a “Home...

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