Reader: You Shouldn't Deny That a Lot of Homelessness Is Due to Substance Abuse
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Reader: You Shouldn't Deny That a Lot of Homelessness Is Due to Substance Abuse

In a recent post, Chris Walker offered the cold, hard facts behind six myths about homelessness.

His top myth: "Legalizing pot has caused more people to be homeless."

Plenty of readers agreed with this conclusion.

However, the approval wasn't universal, as this post indicates.

Melanie Barnhart writes:

This article is very misinformed. To deny that a lot of homelessness is due to substance abuse issues doesn't do this population any favors. The fact that they use a survey asking homeless people why they are homeless as proof of this myth shows that this person doesn't understand substance abuse and how those with a problem won't admit it. These people need access to free treatment, not denial about their problem.

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