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Greenwood Encampment

Seattle’s Addiction Crisis Comes to Greenwood

Absolute Tragedy Earlier, I walked through growing encampment near @LIHIhousing Cate Apartments in Greenwood. Saw 3 guys completely shredded on fentanyl/”blues.” This is PROOF POSITIVE an addiction crisis. Back in December Look how minor this situation was @LIHIhousing Cate Apartments just a few weeks ago. @CampSiteSeattle first to report on this. City had ample warning, but nothing was done and more campers are setting up. Hot Mess At least this spot across street from @LIHIhousing Cate Apartments got cleaned up and fenced off. For months, homeless took over former Georgia’s Greek Restaurant parking lot in Greenwood.

Lauren Davis

Lynnwood Residents Urge Local Leaders to Reverse Course on New Opioid Clinic

Face to Face #Lynnwood community is fighting ferociously against Acadia Healthcare’s controversial OPIOID CLINIC scheduled to open in 2 weeks. Meanwhile, Democrat state rep @laurendavisWA continues to take criticism for supporting project. But she’s pushing back and making her case. More on the Way Powerful protest last Saturday against controversial OPIOID CLINIC about to open near Boys & Girls Club. Demonstrators say they are for treatment but says clinics must move to part of city without kids. After Rally Protest organizer Vivian Dong says most recent statement sent out by Acadia Healthcare makes it seem like this is done deal. She’s furious at this sense of entitlement. I am waiting for Acadia and @WADeptHealth to respond to concerns.

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poor homeless beggar sleeping on pathway floor in suffering of unemployment asking for help
poor homeless beggar sleeping on pathway floor in suffering of unemployment asking for help

Jeremiah Pruitt

Here’s one good criticism of a book about poverty-fighting programs I wrote 23 years ago, Compassionate Conservatism: “Olasky tells about the people who have established these programs. We do not hear the stories of people who have been helped by them.” Last month I wrote about two long-term homeless people, Barry Meyer and Stephanie Creighton. Both have found help in changing their lives. Meyer has just made a down payment on a home of his own: He wrote me (and sent a photo) on October 30: “Tonight is my last night in a shelter. I’m buying this and move in tomorrow.” Here’s a story about another formerly homeless man, Jeremiah Pruitt, 38, who vividly recalls the fire that changed his Read More ›

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City of Seattle Files Lawsuit as Drug Crisis Spirals Out of Control

Drug Insanity Fueling Homeless Crisis Even w/more @SeattlePD patrols, drug deals/use happening DAILY. Especially in #Chinatown-ID. This past weekend, I saw it all go down in front of kids. System BROKEN. All Corners #Chinatown-ID is in vicious cycle. Addicts use abandoned storefronts and vestibules to do drugs. KIDS just walking by! @nwasianweekly did a tremendous piece on the biz EXODUS in the community because of all the drugs, homelessness, and crime. I’m doing a follow up. Must Read “This may be the worst year for Chinatown businesses since the pandemic.” Remember This? Just last month, right next to @wsdot encampment in #Chinatown-ID near Vuu’s Beauty School. Guy injecting a needle in front of kids. This is a FULL BLOWN drug Read More ›

Sodo Drug Use

Despite Sweeps, SODO Homeless Crisis Continues to Spiral Out of Control

SODO’s A Mess After multiple sweeps, RV’s/tents back on 3rd Ave/Holgate/Utah Ave. #Seattle CANNOT keep up. Meanwhile trash, crime, drug dealing evident. Why are we allowing HOMELESS addicts to die on our streets? We are losing a GENERATION. He Called It Everyone give Pat Robbins a standing ovation. He said the encampments would return to SODO. And once again, city is paralyzed. NO plan to get in front before these spiral out of control. Think about the tax dollars wasted. It’s All Come Back City is not keeping track of vehicles, but I am. All the same people are back with new additions. This is a mess. I feel for you @Starbucks HQ. The city is allowing RV owners to Read More ›

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Seattle’s Unending Drug Crisis

In this great American city, blessed with enormous wealth and natural beauty, a drug crisis is exploding on its streets. Along 3rd Avenue, against the backdrop of Pike Place Market in Seattle’s downtown core, the addicts smoke and inject all kinds of substances in plain sight.  Read More ›
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Business Owners Facing Drug Epidemic on Their Own

Peters believes the on going break ins and theft in his neighborhood are being fueled by desperate drugs users, who sell stolen items to get their next fix. It's taking a human toll. Read More ›
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Unique at Methadone Mile in Boston
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Struggling at Boston’s Methadone Mile

But the situation is far from perfect.  On the outskirts of Boston, some call this place “Methadone Mile.” Others give a more hopeful moniker: “Recovery Road.” Either way, city officials say it's a humanitarian and health crisis.  Read More ›