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Table 3 Drugs and Alcohol

From: The role of compassion and ‘Tough Love’ in caring for and supporting the homeless: experiences from ‘Catching Lives’ Canterbury, UK

Drugs
36 clients indicated that they took drugs or were in recovery
11 of these clients stated that they also have an alcohol issue or were in recovery
16 of these clients stated they have used cannabis/weed in the last month
10 of these clients stated they have used heroin in the last month
6 of these clients stated they have used prescription drugs in the last month
4 of these clients stated they have used benzodiazepines in the last month
4 of these clients stated they have used amphetamines/speed in the last month
8 of these clients stated they have used crack/cocaine in the last month
2 of these clients stated they have not used in the last month
3 clients using heroin, 3 clients using prescription drugs and 1 client who had not used anything in the last month indicated they were taking Methadone
All 10 clients who stated they have used heroin in the last month indicated that they were injecting the drug, 6 of whom stated they share equipment at times.
Alcohol
19 clients stated that they have an alcohol problem or were in recovery
60 clients stated they use alcohol, with-
13 clients stating they drink everyday
11 clients stating they drink 4–6 days per week
10 clients stating they drink 2–3 days per week
16 clients stating they drink 2–4 times per month
10 clients stating they drink Monthly or less