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Addressing the syndemic of HIV, hepatitis c, overdose, and COVID-19 among people who use drugs: the potential roles for decriminalization and safe supply.

By Matthew Bonn, Adam Palayew, Sofia Bartlett, Thomas D Brothers, Natasha Touesnard and Mark Tyndall

Abstract

People who use drugs (PWUD) face concurrent public health emergencies from overdoses, HIV, hepatitis C, and COVID-19, leading to an unprecedented syndemic. Responses to PWUD that go beyond treatment--such as decriminalization and providing a safe supply of pharmaceutical-grade drugs--could reduce impacts of this syndemic. Solutions already implemented for COVID-19, such as emergency safe-supply prescribing and providing housing to people experiencing homelessness, must be sustained once COVID-19 is contained. This pandemic is not only a public health crisis but also a chance to develop and maintain equitable and sustainable solutions to the harms associated with the criminalization of drug use

Topics: Poisoning (overdose), Coronavirus (COVID-19), HIV, Hepatitis C, Policy on substance use, Drug decriminalisation or legalisation policy, International
Publisher: 'Alcohol Research Documentation, Inc.'
Year: 2020
DOI identifier: 10.15288/jsad.2020.81.556.
OAI identifier: oai:generic.eprints.org:33232/core821
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