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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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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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