Puerto Rico's Heroin Solution: Send them to Philly

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  1. DCnPhilly

    DCnPhilly Well-Known Member

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    I'll let the article speak for itself because there's quite a bit of information packed in there, but basically, cities in Puerto Rico are "solving" their opioid epidemic by putting them on one-way flights to Philadelphia. Families and addicts are shown brochures from resort-style rehab facilities on the mainland and offered a free trip to Philly. It sounds like an ideal opportunity: kick back and relax for a month, then go home clean.

    But when they arrive, they're taken to Kensington and bunked in a flophouse run by a "minister" who tells them to pray their problems away. If you think junkies deserve what they have coming to them, and maybe some do, these aren't just poorly run and understaffed rehab centers, they're financial exploitation centers. Addicts are told to immediately apply for food stamps and any welfare or unemployment benefits they have coming to them, and then those running the house administer that money, i.e. they keep it. They're also stripped of their IDs making them reluctant to leave.

    Most eventually do anyway, right onto the streets of Kensington where heroin's Ground Zero is waiting to greet them. It sounds like a movie, and probably will be someday. I used to joke that New York solved its homeless problem by putting them all on buses to Philadelphia and Baltimore, but now that doesn't sound so far fetched.

    The story recently captured the attention of Dr. Oz, who went to Kensington to get junkies living under the Conrail tracks to shoot up on camera for ratings. But I'm really surprised that it hasn't caught the attention of the federal government. I mean I guess it's not technically illegal for a city to use tax funds to send addicts out of town (Hawaii has a similar program with its homeless population), but I would think that these "rehab facilities" would be held to certain organizational standards. I guess they're exempt because they're run as churches.

    Whatever the case, the article is worth the read. I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned on here before. As bleak as it is, it's pretty amazing it's been happening under the radar for so long.

    Puerto Rico's solution to heroin crisis: one-way tickets to Philly
     
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  2. Frejo

    Frejo Well-Known Member

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    This was news months ago. There was a huge expose on Philly.com. Guess you were too obsessed with pussy snowflake Hillary Lost riots to notice,
     
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    maybe the federal government should bring medicare/Medicaid parity to Puerto Rico. the article also highlights what people in Philadelphia have known for some time, there are plenty of flophouses and clinics who simply use addicts for their government benefits.
     
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    eldondre Well-Known Member

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    good
    presumably this won't just be for the air bridge but for all of these "recovery" houses
     
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  5. DCnPhilly

    DCnPhilly Well-Known Member

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    Nice contribution. The article I posted is the expose on Philly.com from months ago, and I posted it because it was interesting and hadn't been discussed here. If you're not interested, don't comment. Believe it or not, not every comment is a cue to spout seventh grade rhetoric about Hillary Clinton. Grab another glass of Kentucky Gentleman and go back to harassing tweens in the YouTube comments.
     
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  6. Frejo

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    Truth hurt, snowflake?
     
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  7. Cya

    Cya Don't get me started

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    Exactly! "Recovery houses" = cash cows. Running rampant and fueling the crisis - for profit. Crackdown coming.
     
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    They sent them to Chicago, Philadelphia ....

    Puerto Rico Sending Hundreds of Drug Addicts to the U.S. | The Fix

    What she discovered is that many were heroin addicts who had been given a one-way ticket to Chicago with the promise of high-quality rehabilitation. But upon their arrival, most found themselves in rundown facilities lacking in resources and trained staff.

    “Somebody told my family is one rehab in Chicago got nurse, got pool, got medication, when I get here I no see nothing,” one of these men, now homeless, said.

    Jose Alvarez, who works with injection drug users in Chicago, says he’s heard the same story again and again.

    “They were thinking they were going to have their own room, a nice warm place in the winter,” Alvarez said. “A couple of them even said that some of these places had pools.”

    Alvarez describes his visit to one of the centers: “It was dark, damp and dirty. Not only that—we saw a couple of mice running across the floor.”

    Cardona-Maguigad found that all of the treatment centers where these people end up have no licensing from the state or drug treatment permits. Most are 24-hour pop-up facilities that are run by former addicts with no formal training. Many display a logo for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but the 12-step program said it has no affiliation with the centers.

    Between 2007 and 2013, the Puerto Rican municipality of Juncos alone sent 259 users to U.S. cities, Cardona-Maguigad discovered, with more than half ending up in Chicago. Other municipalities did not follow-up with numbers, but she estimates that they are much higher.

    Cardona-Maguigad went to Puerto Rico, where she says no one is hiding the fact that addicts are sometimes sent to the states. The island’s largest program, called De Vuelta a la Vida or “Return to Life,” is run by the Puerto Rican police, and is a source of pride.

    The governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, said the initiative had been a success. “A lot of people that isolated themselves from possibilities of success came back with successful options or already reaching that success,” said Padilla. “In many cases homeless and addicts.”
     
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    ...he said from his Cricket Mobile burner, out of his mind along the Kensington Conrail tracks.
     
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