‘I haven’t been able to stop’: More potent, addictive form of meth impacts Portland’s homeless

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Two men smoked meth out of a glass pipe on the corner of Northwest 4th Avenue and Glisan Street in Portland’s Old Town on a dry December morning. One sat in a wheelchair while the other kneeled on a piece of cardboard covered in drugs, a banana, old shoes and a green-and-black scarf.

It was his third hit that morning. Typically, he said, he smokes meth 15 times a day.

“I couldn’t handle being out on the streets without drugs. It would drive me nuts,” he said. He’s been addicted to drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine, for more than 40 years.

Like a number of other homeless people KGW has spoken to within the last year, this man said that it’s incredibly easy to get these drugs on the streets of Portland.

“There have been times where I haven’t had money for three weeks and I still get high every day,” he added.

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‘I haven’t been able to stop’: More potent, addictive form of meth impacts Portland’s homeless

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Two men smoked meth out of a glass pipe on the corner of Northwest 4th Avenue and Glisan Street in Portland’s Old Town on a dry December morning. One sat in a wheelchair while the other kneeled on a piece of cardboard covered in drugs, a banana, old shoes and a green-and-black scarf.

It was his third hit that morning. Typically, he said, he smokes meth 15 times a day.

“I couldn’t handle being out on the streets without drugs. It would drive me nuts,” he said. He’s been addicted to drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine, for more than 40 years.

Like a number of other homeless people KGW has spoken to within the last year, this man said that it’s incredibly easy to get these drugs on the streets of Portland.

“There have been times where I haven’t had money for three weeks and I still get high every day,” he added.