In this series, we discuss good practice in supporting people experiencing homelessness who are using drugs and/or alcohol. The episodes will cover the prevalence of use, harm reduction techniques, women's use of substances, drug use in supported accommodation, and barriers to engagement with treatment services. In each episode, we will speak to guests who will tell us about their role and expertise and provide practical tips for frontline staff and managers to deliver good practice. New episodes will be released weekly on a Monday for the next 5 weeks.
In Episode 1, we speak to Oliver Standing, Director of Communications and External Affairs at Humankind Charity and Debra Hertzberg, Research Manager at Homeless Link. We speak about the prevalence of drug and alcohol use for people experiencing homelessness, discuss some of the reasons behind these statistics, and question whether the system allows adequate support for those most in need.