Rise in homeless deaths shows 300% increase, but it’s likely under estimated

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Mathew 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Important Takeaways:

  • Report Reveals 300% Surge in Death of Homeless People in LA Amid Fentanyl Crisis
  • These tragic deaths, averaging nearly six per day, underscore the severity of the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the streets and in shelters across the county.
  • Over the past decade, a total of 11,573 deaths of unhoused individuals have been logged, with fatalities steadily climbing each year. In 2023 alone, 2,033 lives were lost—an astonishing 291% increase from 2014 and an 8% uptick from the previous year.
  • The data, however, likely underestimates the true scope of the crisis, as it only captures deaths falling under the medical examiner’s jurisdiction, excluding cases where individuals recently saw a doctor.
  • The LA County public health department, employing more comprehensive methodologies, estimates a 20% increase in deaths recorded in its database, further underscoring the magnitude of the crisis. Behind these stark statistics lie stories of profound human suffering and struggle.
  • The autopsy reports from 2023 highlight the myriad challenges facing unhoused individuals: the proliferation of fentanyl, untreated physical and mental illnesses, and the absence of affordable housing. Tragically, many deaths are attributed to overdoses, violence, and untreated medical conditions, reflecting the harsh realities of life on the streets.

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