Evidence Review of Drug Treatment Services for People who are Homeless and Use Drugs

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Health Research Board
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People who are homeless have complex and challenging lives. They tend to have worse physical and mental health than the general population. Substance use is more prevalent among people who are homeless than in the general population, and providing support services and drug treatment in a holistic way for this population should be a priority.

Managed Alcohol Programmes

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Scottish Alcohol Research Network


Dr Hannah Carver (University of Stirling) presents research on Managed Alcohol Programmes: "Investigating the need for alcohol harm reduction and Managed Alcohol Programmes for people experiencing homelessness and alcohol use disorders in Scotland".

Office-Based Addiction Treatment Retention and Mortality Among People Experiencing Homelessness

Fine DR, Lewis E, Weinstock K, Wright J, Gaeta JM, Baggett TP. Office-Based Addiction Treatment Retention and Mortality Among People Experiencing Homelessness. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(3):e210477. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.0477
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Importance  People experiencing homelessness have been disproportionately affected by the opioid overdose crisis. To mitigate morbidity and mortality, several office-based addiction treatment (OBAT) programs designed for this population have been established across the US, but studies have not yet evaluated their outcomes.


Lawsuit Suggests Drug Abuse, not Pricey Housing a Reason for Increasing Homelessness in Seattle

Researchers estimate that over 50% of people with opioid addictions in Seattle are homeless and Seattle’s Navigation Team – composed of outreach workers and police officers specially trained to interface with the homeless population – estimates that 80% of the homeless individuals they encounter in challenging encampments have substance abuse disorders. Source: Komo News

Recovery Connects 2019

Glasgow, United Kingdom,

The Recovery Collective are pleased to announce Scotland's first ever alcohol and drug-free festival Recovery Connects at Queen's Park Arena on Sunday 12th May!

Addressing Complexity: Homelessness and Addiction

London, United Kingdom,

Due to the rise of homelessness and drug-related deaths in the UK, the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research at London South Bank University and the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum are hosting a one day conference at the Guildhall focusing on contemporary issues of Homelessness, Substance Use and Addiction.