Ali, Farihah et al
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The current study examined how COVID-19 has impacted substance use supply and use characteristics among a national cohort of PWUD in Canada.
This study demonstrated the impacts of COVID-19 on PWUD, including a significant disruption substance supply. For many, these changes led to increased use and substitution for toxic and adulterated substances, which ultimately amplified PWUD's risk for experiencing related harms, including overdoses. These findings warrant the need for improved supports and services, as well as accessibility of safe supply programs, take home naloxone kits, and novel approaches to ensure PWUD have the tools necessary to mitigate risk when using substances.
n=200 semi-structured interviews with PWUD