Mapping bodies and care practices: making people who use drugs matter


  • Dr Fay Dennis

    Goldsmiths, University of London

Project summary

Deaths recorded from drug misuse and poisoning in the UK are at an all-time high and continue to rise. Little is known about this emerging public health crisis or how to address it. This situation is also failing to attract much political attention as commentators point to continued marginalisation of people who use drugs (PWUD). 

I will conduct an ethnographic exploration of the experiences of PWUD at three sites, how they are cared for and how they bring their health needs to political and public attention. I will also invite people to participate in an arts-based workshop that maps experiences to gain a better understanding of these needs. 

My findings will contribute to the development of an art installation, which will be exhibited to the public, including policy makers and practitioners, to improve understanding and responsiveness to the current crisis.