When Evelyn G. was 27, her mother became ill and died in the space of five months. It was a huge shock and a turning point in her life. She began to take hard drugs on a regular basis. After losing her job, she took to the streets in Solothurn, Biel, Bern and slept in homeless shelters. She frequented the Zurich “needle parks” at Platzspitz and Letten and the open drug scene in the capital Bern. She took swissinfo back to the park in Bern where she used to buy her drugs.