Illicit Drug Use as a Challenge to the Delivery of End-of-Life Care to Homeless Persons: Perceptions of Health and Social Services Professionals - Homeless Hub Research Summary Series

Many thousands of Canadians experience homelessness each year. Recent estimates suggest that between 44% and 60% of homeless people have used illicit drugs in their lifetime. Homeless people tend to die younger than the housed population and tend to have complex end-of-life needs. This is partly due to illicit drug use and associated physical health problems. Accessing health care is a difficult task for homeless individuals who use illicit drugs as they are often stigmatized, lack identification, are struggling to manage withdrawal symptoms, and do not feel welcome in healthcare settings.

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