Workers will be trained to handle homeless drug addicts high on Spice – the drug that turns people into 'Zombies'

The move – to be announced by Housing Secretary James Brokenshire – is a telling sign of how endemic the powerful drug has become on Britain’s streets.

More than 600 council staff and charity volunteers will be taught how to bring round rough sleepers who have passed out from overdosing on it.

The outreach workers will also learn how to persuade them into kicking the synthetic drug, which turns users into zombies.

Mr Brokenshire told The Sun: “Sadly, all too often there is a direct link between the use of dangerous psychoactive substances and people sleeping rough.

“New training for outreach workers on issues such as Spice will mean these vital staff have the specialist knowledge and skills they need to help some of the most vulnerable people recover from life on the streets.”

The new training is part of the government’s Rough Sleeping Delivery Plan, to be published on Monday.

The number of homelessness has spiralled in recent years having plunged to an all-time low 10 years ago.

The government has promised to end rough sleeping for good by 2027.

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