Risk Mitigation in the Context of Duel Public Health Emergencies

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This guidance aims to support individuals who may be at increased risk of overdose, withdrawal, craving, and other harms related to their substance use. 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.

Individuals seeking illicit substances to prevent withdrawal risk both overdose and exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. Individuals with unstable housing (those who are homeless or living in a shelter, single room occupancy (SRO), or supported housing unit) may face additional challenges physical distancing or self-isolating, in order to reduce community spread of COVID-19.

About Peter Kim

Director of Communications and Digital Engagement, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition