Leaders look to improving drug abuse and homelessness in Siouxland through ‘Healing Summit’

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Experts say the epidemics of homelessness and drug abuse affects the entire world.

On Wednesday, local leaders and community members gathered for a discussion on strategies to improve the situation in Siouxland.

The “Healing Summit” took place at the Sioux City Public Museum.

According to UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Medical Center, nearly 1,100 patients were seen for an alcohol-related diagnosis in 2018.

Sioux City Police say they recorded nearly 400 public intoxication arrests in 2018, with nearly half of those arrests involved Native-Americans.

The need for a detox center was expressed during the summit.

The center would help heal Siouxlanders and help keep them on their feet following recovery.

“The community needs one, but we also need to continue with care,” says Frank LaMere, the Facilitator for Four Directions Center, “there’s nothing for us to take someone from the streets to get them well and then send them back to the same crippling poverty and alcohol abuse that brought them over here. I think there’s where all of us in the Siouxland community need to come out of their Silos and come together and see how we can establish that continuity of care. Get them in detox, get them out and build a life.”

In just a few weeks the “Hope Street Project” will open its doors for patients in recovery.

Danielle Saitta

Danielle Saitta

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