Thursday, 13 July 2017
Heartbroken mum sleeps next to drug addict son on the streets after he refuses to get help
A distraught mum has taken to sleeping on the streets alongside her homeless drug addict son in a desperate plea to get help. Leanne Thompson was so worried about 25-year-old Dan's plight that she bought a sleeping bag and blanket to camp alongside him,Herald Sun reports. She makes the frequent trip from her home city of Brisbane, Australia, to Melbourne, where Dan sleeps on the streets, to watch over him and make sure he is safe.
Dan enjoyed a privileged upbringing, attending private school and enjoying foreign holidays each year, the Herald Sun reports. But an addiction to synthetic cannabis turned his life upside down and he now sleeps on the streets. Authorities in Melbourne say he has not responded to their attempts to help him, but his mum wants officials to have more powers to take addicts off the street and into rehab against their will. Leanne told the 3AW Neil Mitchell programme:
"I drove down there, took a sleeping bag and blankets and some great big garbage bags to put underneath me to sit onI'm at a point where I'm just desperate to get some help for him."
Dan's refusal to accept help has drawn criticism from other homeless people.
One rough sleeper, Darren, told Australia's Nine News: "I’ve been trying to get accommodation and I can’t. This person got everything he wants, doesn’t want it.