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Homeless RX for depression and pain: street drugs

In midafternoon, a homeless man toting all his belongings stands in the shade of a tree near the Rio Grande Hotel, a short distance from the homeless shelter in downtown Salt Lake City, and smokes an illegal substance.
“There will always be drugs at the shelter,” he says. “When a man gets his hands on 10 or 20 bucks, he’s going to spend his money having fun — because he’s lost hope.”
He won’t give his name, but his acquaintances call him Randy. He looks to be about 30 and says his life on the s...