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2,033 Homeless People Died in Los Angeles in 2023

More than 2,000 homeless people will die in Los Angeles in 2023, an increase of nearly 300 percent from 2014, according to county officials.

Rapid increase in death toll revealed guardian review Data from county coroner data shows the impact of the homelessness and substance abuse crisis in many cities across the country.

According to the report, bodies have been found in “tents, encampments, vehicles, parks, alleys, vacant lots, underpasses, bus stops, and train stations.”

The county coroner’s office has recorded a total of 11,573 homeless deaths over the past 10 years, and that number is increasing each year. The 2,033 deaths in 2023 is a 291 percent increase from the 519 deaths reported in 2014 and an 8 percent increase from the 1,883 deaths in 2022.

of guardian The Office of the Medical Examiner noted that this number is an “underestimation” because it only investigates deaths that are considered “violent, sudden or unusual, or where the decedent did not receive recent medical attention.”

The true number of homeless deaths is likely significantly higher than the recorded number, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

A ministry spokesperson told the publication that while the latest data had not yet been released, the number of deaths recorded in the database had increased by an estimated 20% due to the spread of infection.

Over the past 10 years, 6,720 (58%) homeless people died from an accidental death, such as a drug overdose.

“Data shows that fentanyl-related deaths have increased dramatically over time, with 30 cases citing the strong opioid as the cause of death in 2018; 255 in 2020. By 2022, there will be 633 people.” guardian report.

“In 2023, coroners have recorded 575 fentanyl deaths so far, but it typically takes three months to determine the cause of a drug-related death, and hundreds of deaths are still under investigation.” It is.”

Los Angeles County’s homelessness crisis is exacerbated not only by the fentanyl epidemic, but also by the fact that the majority of unhoused residents live outdoors.

Of the more than 75,000 homeless people in the county, 73% live in tents, cars or temporary structures. By comparison, only 5 percent of New York City’s homeless population lives outdoors, with most living in shelters.

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