Residents of Los Angeles are facing an outbreak of the bygone disease typhus. Typhus can be spread to people by fleas that live on the rats that feed on the trash of the L.A. homeless population.
A few years ago, the voters of California decided to make drug use and abuse a misdemeanor, a mere ticketable offense. After speaking to many cops on the subject, I know that a police officer will never waste their time writing a ticket for drug use, so essentially drug use has been legalized. The temptation to live one's life completely on drugs and without a home is high for a lot of people. I know many that abandoned the day-to-day grind of work and paying bills so that they could go live in the bushes and do drugs. The environment of California is such that a person can live outside, basically a fun camping trip, their entire lives in relative comfort. It never gets below freezing here , and it rarely rains . The homeless population has swelled in my own hometown, and in every other California town I visit, I see tents and trash and filthy living conditions. California is becoming a very interesting place to live. I don't claim to have the answers, but I see that none of the articles above have mentioned this impetus behind California's homeless trend. I don't want to see hundreds a thousands of people will be put in jail just for using drugs, but we need to acknowledge that this has been a very unintended, and now disease-born, consequence of trivializing drug use.
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