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Harm reduction advice for people who use drugs during COVID-19 pandemic

The current COVID19 pandemic raises serious concerns for people who use drugs.

As this is a new virus, we continue to learn about the impact it can have on people who use drugs. We know it is an extra risky time to use drugs and that drug use can lower a person’s immune system, making all drug using groups at greater risk of illness from the virus.

Drug market changes

There are always risks when taking drugs.Now is an extra risky time and it’s safer not to use at all. A weak immune system and drug use can make you more at risk of serious illness from COVID-19.




Harm reduction resources

1. Download HSE poster 'Drug advice.Do's and Don'ts' HERE

2. Download HSE/ Department of Health 'Harm reduction advice for people who use drugs during the delay phase' in  English HERE and in Irish HERE

3. Read harm reduction information for club drug users via our article with Four Four Magazine (12/03/20)

4. Download HSE/ Department of Health Alcohol Harm Reduction poster HERE 

5. Download Alcohol harm reduction from Alcohol Forum in English and Polish 

Overdose and COVID-19

Don't be afraid to get medical help by calling 999/112 if you or a friend become unwell or feel suicidal after using drugs.Using drugs alone can be dangerous due to the risk of overdose and lack of emergency help.

Breathing concerns associated with COVID-19 can increase the risk of overdose for people who use opioids.

Information about overdose and COVID-19 can be found on our site HERE.

Information about overdose response and administering naloxone can be found on our site HERE

Additional information

General harm reduction resources can be found here.

Get up to date advice and information on Coronavirus COVID 19 from the HSE, The HPSC and The Department of Health.

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