In the News - 'A Human Crisis'

Agencies help residents with behavioral-health needs amid workforce struggles

by G. Wayne Miller Providence Journal USA TODAY NETWORK

For nearly four years, Francis White was addicted to synthetic marijuana, a drug typically manufactured in Asia and sold on the streets as K2 or spice.

“I had a family to go live with and everything, but I was just more interested in getting out there, getting money somehow, to get that K2 stuff,” White, 48, told The Journal.

White became homeless. “I basically was using my food stamps to get food to eat,” he said. “And sometimes if I had enough money, I would get a hotel room here or there, and sometimes I wouldn’t sleep at all. I’d be walking around downtown, Kennedy Plaza, or wherever.”

Five years ago, White said he “finally decided to kick it.” 


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