Harm reduction advice for people who use drugs during Coronavirus (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
- International travel restrictions can impact on the chain of supply of drugs meaning there can be changes in the market
- It is safer not to use drugs during this time. If people choose to, we ask that they are extra cautious and keep market changes in mind
- You can't be sure of the contents of illict drugs or non-prescribed tablets
- Using alternatives to what you would normally use or using new types drugs can increase your risk of overdose
Harm reduction resources
1. Download HSE poster 'Drug advice.Do's and Don'ts' 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. Drug Watch UK - Alprazolam 'Xanax' factsheet
6. Download 'Cannabid and You' for factual information about cannabis, withdrawl and how to reduce the harms HERE
7. See Drugs.ie tips and cannabis and Covid-19
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
General harm reduction resources can be found here.