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The Boston Globe

It has become a grim workplace routine: the “code blue” crackling over the loudspeaker. The all-hands-on-deck emergency response. Then, in more than half the calls, the discovery of a nonresponsive person — blue lips, shallow breathing, and constricted pupils, all telltale signs of a drug overdose.

“It’s happening everywhere,” said Dr. Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, headquartered in the South End neighborhood infamously nicknamed Methadone Mile.

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The Boston Globe

The $10 million-plus complex, funded by a mix of city and state affordable housing funds, is a joint project of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and the nonprofit Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.

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The Boston Globe

Almost a quarter of the patients we care for at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program are living with hepatitis C, a disease that contributes greatly to health care utilization and cost. We’ve worked hard to increase access to the lifesaving treatments the Globe reported on this month, and our early outcomes have been overwhelmingly successful.

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The Boston Globe

To those who live on the streets, Stacy Kirkpatrick was more than just a nurse practitioner at Boston Health Care for the Homeless — more than a caregiver who brought her healing presence to shelters. “She was my family,” said Larry Adams, who was her patient for many years.

“I was homeless and I was an addict. I was all messed up. I’m the kind of person, I don’t trust nobody,” said Adams, who helped found and chaired the health care agency’s Consumer Advisory Board. He put his faith in Ms. Kirkpatrick, however. “Her word was gospel. Whatever she said, I did. As a matter of fact, the reason I’m here is she saved my life.”

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The Boston Globe

A second homeless person in Boston has died from a potent bacterial infection, and another person was stricken with the same illness in recent weeks, prompting city health officials to indefinitely extend a vaccination campaign.

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The Boston Globe

Disease-trackers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in Boston Wednesday to study the spread of a deadly bacterial infection among homeless people.

Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Boston Public Health Commission, said the CDC is interested in the city’s experience because the federal agency is updating guidelines for handling clusters of meningococcal disease, the infection that killed two homeless people in Boston and sickened three others.

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The Daily Free Press

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began to investigate and research an outbreak of fatal bacterial infections among the City of Boston’s homeless population Wednesday, according to Marjorie Nesin, spokesperson for the Boston Public Health Commission.

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The New York Times

In Boston, where pedestrians step over drug users who are nodding off on a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue known as Methadone Mile, an organization for the homeless has planned what it calls a safe space, where users could ride out their high under supervision; it would not allow actual injection on site.

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WGBH

Dr. Jessie Gaeta is the Chief Medical Officer at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Gaeta is opening up a clinic where heroin users and other people struggling with addiction can ride out their high in a safe place.

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Dr. Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, stands in a conference room, where the SPOT Center will be at 780 Albany Street. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Planned SPOT Center at 780 Albany Street

Help support our efforts to "enable people not to die." Find out more about our response to the city's opioid overdose crisis and how you can help.

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