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'For Every Homeless Person, There Was a Point Much Earlier Where They Could Have Been Helped'

'For Every Homeless Person, There Was a Point Much Earlier Where They Could Have Been Helped'

Heather Harlan is prevention specialist and adolescent counselor at Phoenix Health Programs in Columbia. She says addiction to drugs like alcohol and tobacco often stems from childhood trauma, and substance use disorders can make it difficult for those experiencing homelessness, in particular, to get help.

She spoke about the importance of primary prevention of substance use disorders and about the challenges these disorders can create for those experiencing homelessness and their families

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