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In Their Own Words: Experiences of People Who Use Drugs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Healthcare Access and Quality
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Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This resources summarizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on substance use and the experiences of people who used drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights include: the pandemic increased the risk of overdose for people who use drugs, and in response people who use drugs reported using more harm reduction strategies. The pandemic also motivated change in wanting to quit drug use for study participants, but also highlighted the social determinants of health as barriers to sustainable recovery.

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Reduction of Health Disparities

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People With Substance Use Disorders

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