Impact of COVID-19 on people who use drugs

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“All respondents discussed the interconnected effects COVID-19 has had on their lives. Pandemic response measures such as physical distancing and social isolation have disrupted the healthcare and support services that people who use or have used substances and their communities typically rely on. As a result, best practices that existed before the pandemic to promote well-being, such as not using substances alone and having peer responders for accidental overdose, were now seen as putting people at risk. These effects of COVID-19 have exposed or aggravated health vulnerabilities for those who use substances, but have also encouraged creative, resilient responses to care for their well-being during this time.”

Source: Canadian Centre on Substance Use

About Peter Kim

Strategic Communications Manager, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition