Another is in San Francisco, where city health workers are taking to the streets to find homeless people with opioid use disorder and offering them buprenorphine prescriptions on the spot. Members of the team will travel around the city offering buprenorphine prescriptions to addicted homeless people, which they can fill the same day at a city-run pharmacy. At the end of a recent yearlong pilot, about 20 of the 95 participants were still taking buprenorphine under the care of the street medicine team. What follows is a condensed, edited interview with Dr. Zevin, who has been providing medical care to the homeless in San Francisco since Why offer buprenorphine on the streets instead of in a medical clinic?
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Addiction In The Homeless Community: How To Find Help
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Homelessness and Addiction
Individuals who struggle with mental health problems or substance abuse disorders are more likely to be homeless or to live in substandard, unsafe housing. This holds true in nearly every nation around the world. In the United States, the Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates that 30 percent of people experiencing chronic homelessness have a serious mental illness and about two-thirds of the homeless population struggle with a substance abuse disorder or another chronic health condition. Substance abuse is frequently a cause of homelessness.
The Housing First model has been used for years to get chronically homeless people off the street. Many are seriously mentally ill, and quite a few are on drugs. Suburbs in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey have embraced it. But Philadelphia's experiment is unusual: a team of professionals devoted exclusively to opioid users, set up in advance of the city's crackdown on the homeless heroin encampment along the Conrail tracks, and expanded since.