COVID-19

This page is a hub of INPUD's resources, reports, publications and campaigns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


 

COVID-19 Crisis: Harm Reduction Resources for People who Use Drugs

Our hub page contains guidelines and resources concerning the availability and delivery of harm reduction services during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as practical advice for people who use drugs during the pandemic to mitigate risks of infection and how to keep themselves safe during lockdown and emergency measures. 


 

COVID-19 Survey Reports: Health & Rights of People who Use Drugs in a Pandemic Environment

During the COVID-19 pandemic, INPUD has committed ourselves to supporting our global community through the collection and reporting of information on the experiences of people who use drugs via an online survey. The results of this survey have been collected into two series of reports - available in five languages - which details how the pandemic has induced changes into health services and the human rights environment from a peer perspective. 


 

INPUD Publications and Global Advocacy During COVID-19
 

In the time of COVID-19: Civil society statement on COVID-19 and people who use drugs
This statement directed at global decision making bodies and member states, endorsed by over 300 organisations and individuals, was developed by INPUD in collaboration with the International Drug Policy Consortium and Harm Reduction International. Available in English, Russian, French and Spanish.

COVID-19: Enacting a 'New Normal' for People who Use Drugs
This commentary in the International Journal of Drug Policy presents a set of recommendations to UN agencies, governments, donor agencies, academics, researchers and civil society, challenging these actors to work alongside people who use drugs to enact a new reality based on solidarity and cooperation, protection of health, restoration of rights and dignity and most importantly to mobilise to win the peace.

Joint Civil Society Letter on 2021 UN Treaty Bodies Reviews in the Context of COVID-19
INPUD joined over 500 civil society organisations in expressing our concern about the functioning of UN Treaty Bodies during the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge the Treaty Bodies and their Secretariats to schedule State reviews no later than 2021, and OHCHR to prioritise resources and tools for this.

Joint letter to the Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health on protecting and promoting the health of people who use drugs during COVID-19
In collaboration with peer-led networks and other civil society organisations engaged in global harm reduction advocacy, we have developed this letter to the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health to provide guidance to states on how to promote and protect the right to health of people who use drugs in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 


 

#PeersInThePandemic

At the end of 2020, INPUD ran a global campaign calling for reforms to harm reduction and treatment systems in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our campaign was run around a list of five key demands:

  1. Declare Harm Reduction as Essential
  2. Expand & Maintain OAT Take Home Doses
  3. Prioritise Peer-led Responses
  4. NO to Punitive Measures in Harm Reduction
  5. Act on Decriminalisation

All of the resources and messaging from the campaign are still available on our hub page for use by all peer networks and drug user advocates. 


 

COVID-19 Dialogue Series: Empowering People who Use Drugs

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we partnered with the Global Commission on Drug Policy on a series of videos featuring discussions between peers and members of the Global Commission. These conversations not only aim to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on communities of people who use drugs, but about the effects on drug user-led advocacy and how the pandemic has underscored why criminalisation and stigmatisation remain important barriers to dismantle.