Business and border closures, physical distancing and other changes are affecting the illegal drug supply in several ways
Measures implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are having a mixed impact on the drug supply chain
Guidance on making and wearing protective face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19
As the effects of the pandemic continue, the drug supply may become significantly more adulterated and toxic, based on limited importation and availability, and illicit substances may become significantly more diffcult to procure.
These guidelines were developed with consultation from public health professionals, First Nations health professionals and Knowledge Keepers / Traditional Healers.
People who use drugs can be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to underlying health issues, stigma, social marginalization and higher economic and social vulnerabilities, including a lack of access to housing and health care.
It’s important to underline that there is currently no strong evidence that people living with HIV are at an especially increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or if they do contract it they will experience a worse outcome.
This guidance was drafted by the Scottish Drugs Forum in collaboration with the Sexual Health and
Blood Borne Virus Prevention Leads Network, co-ordinated by the Scottish Health Protection