Understanding the health impacts of social responses to Covid-19 on people who use drugs in Scotland

Funded by Chief Scientist Office.

Collaboration with University of Edinburgh.

The social response to Covid-19 is highly relevant to People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) who are at increased risk of acquiring and transmitting the virus through their social drug purchasing and using behaviours which are likely to have changed during the pandemic. Changes to needle exchange, treatment and care services mean PWUD may be at increased risk of harm, transmission, and relapse from recovery. We want to interview PWUD to find out how their behaviours have changed, how this has affected their risk of acquiring or transmitting Covid-19, relapsing back into drug use, and/or having an overdose.

Total award value £28,533.00

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Professor Catriona Matheson

Professor Catriona Matheson

Professor in Substance Use, Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Tessa Parkes

Professor Tessa Parkes

Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Mr Joshua Dumbrell

Mr Joshua Dumbrell

Research Assistant (Peer Research), Dementia and Ageing

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Schofield J, Matheson C, Browne T, Dumbrell J, Parkes T, Bancroft A & Galip I (2020) The impacts of COVID-19 on people who use drugs. The impacts of COVID-19 on people who use drugs (1.0) [Website] 20.11.2020.


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