Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Letting Homeless Alcoholics Drink in Shelters Saves Millions in Public Costs

JAMA report finds that sheltering homeless alcholics and permitting them consumption while sheltered not only keeps them out of prison and emergency rooms on the taxpayers' dime, but that long-term shelter living also decreases their consumption.

Sounds great if it keeps homeless imbibers off urban street corners in blighted areas. Let them consume in shelters, I say. Maybe beer companies could find more productive ways to help fund such shelters instead of subsidizing single-serve outposts that do nothing to help the homeless or the local neighborhoods.

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