Curing The Abused Ryley Albright

Mission Statement : Dedicated to saving the homeless who abuse drugs and give them a chance in the world.

Problem : The problem is that "Seventy-six percent of homeless veterans have problems with alcohol, drugs, or mental health"(Doak) and "Among the top five reasons for being homelessness, 37% cited health issues (such as having an illness,mental health issues, or problems with alcohol or drugs)"(Doak).

Importance : This problem is extremely important because of the rise of homelessness in America. The homeless who come in because of drug addiction have no chance to get out. No one wants to higher them in their state. They get money and spend it straight on more drugs, it's an infinite loop. "According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services' National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2005 9.1% of the population age 12 or older (about 22.2 million people) were classified as having substance abuse or dependence within the last year. About 7.7% (18.7 about million people) were classified as having alcohol abuse or dependence"(Pham-Kanter).

Plan : Our plan to help them starts with eliminating the dangerous drugs. Taking heroin, meth, and cocaine off of the streets is just the start. We have volunteers who alert the drug crimes to the police and dealer locations. Then comes cleaning them up. We will set up rehab shelters where volunteers will work with doctors and therapist to cure their addiction. After one month of being picked up off the streets they will be sent off to apply for a job or career. If they fail to get and job they will be sent to a homeless shelter until they do, and if they return to drug abuse then they will be brought back in for two months. One of our plans for treatment includes the "cold turkey". "Some substances must be tapered because “cold turkey’'methods of detoxification are potentially life threatening. In some cases, medications may be used to combat the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal. For example, methadone is used to help patients adjust to the tapering off of heroin use"(Pham-Kanter).

Homelessness is Everywhere and Everyone has a Different Story

Works Cited

Pham-Kanter, Genevieve, and Teresa G. Odle. "Substance Abuse and Dependence." The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, edited by Laurie J. Fundukian, 4th ed., vol. 5, Gale, 2011, pp. 4192-4198. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Accessed 20 Mar. 2017.

Doak, Melissa J. "Characteristics of the Homeless." Social Welfare: Fighting Poverty and Homelessness, 2009 ed., Gale, 2009, pp. 83-94. Information Plus Reference Series. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Accessed 20 Mar. 2017.

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