COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Hostel system can increase drug use, claims Centrepoint

The removal of young people from the street and into short-term hostel accommodation can often lead to increased drug misuse, according to youth homelessness charity Centrepoint.

The charity is launching a new report to highlight these issues and will target the media with an awareness-raising campaign. The report, Health and Social Exclusion, showed that many young people increase their level of drug use after they entered the hostel system. Housing vulnerable young people side by side with older rough sleepers can lead to more chaotic behaviour and high-risk drug taking, the study claims.

At the launch of the report in the House of Lords, the charity argued for more appropriately supportive hostel accommodation for 16 to 25 year olds and greater integration between mental health and substance misuse services.

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