My wife and I thought it was overblown when we stayed downtown SF on honeymoon... until... we had to walk past a homeless guy *****ing in front of a restaurant window. Those poor people eating, they got a dinner and show they didn’t want.
Saw a businesswoman on the news the other day that is shutting down her store in downtown LA because she said her clients are staying away because she said it stinks so bad it is intolerable, not to mention a health risk.
It's not quite as simple as this. Those that need help, I try to get them that help. But many of them have to go through it on more than one occasion, and that doesn't necessarily help either. There is also alot of using/dealing at the same time.
Most drug dealers would rather be dealing out of jail than in the jail. Some of the issue with the drug trade is the violence that comes with it.