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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have partnered with the Global Commission on Drug Policy on a series of videos featuring discussing with members of the Global Commission and people who use drugs from all across the world. 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.

The videos which have been released so far:

Anton Basenko and Michael Kazatchkine discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on people who use drugs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Louise Vincent and Louise Arbour discuss criminalisation of people who use drugs amidst the pandemic in North America.

Ousmane Gaye and Ruth Dreifuss discuss the impact on social work and service delivery in West Africa (video in French).

Yatie Jonet and Anand Grover discuss drug policy activism and incarceration in Southeast Asia. 

Check back here to view more videos as they are released. And watch all the videos at once on the GCDP YouTube page here. 

May 25, 2020

When the world first started reacting to the spread of COVID-19 back in February, the directors of 3D Research, Cheryl White and Russell Newcombe (directors.3dresearch@gmail.com), created a comprehensive set of guidelines for people who use drugs to follow in order to keep safe during the pandemic. These guidelines were shared widely and adapted into resources which have been used by communities of people who use drugs all over the world. 

3D Research have developed additional tips and guidelines for avoiding COVID-19 targeted more specifically at people using heroin/opioids, people selling drugs, and people buying drugs as well as additional general guidance for people who use drugs. INPUD has teamed with them to produce four sets of leaflets containing all of the necessary precautions and guidance members of the global community of people who use drugs should follow to keep safe during this time. These resources can be easily printed in color or black & white and are intended to be disseminated amongst peer-led networks and harm reduction service providers. 

View and download these resources via Dropbox here. 

The following guidelines were developed by Russell Newcombe and Cheryl White (of 3D Research: russell.3dresearch@gmail.com) for dissemination among the global community.

This advice aims to protect you, your customers, the police, and everyone.  It is safer for one dealer to visit several customers than for several customers to visit one dealer, but both options are covered below. 

DELIVERING TO THE HOMES/LOCATIONS OF CUSTOMERS

1)  Before leaving to visit your customers, protect yourself with at least a mask and gloves, and take a charged phone with up to date numbers for lawyers or useful contacts in case things go wrong

2)  Avoid hiding the drug packages inside your mouth, anus or vagina – if you do, clean them with an alcohol-based sanitizer first. If you are carrying groceries as a cover for your dealing, consider hiding your drugs and money at the bottom of the bag/box

3)  Rehearse a valid reason for why are you are outside to give to police if they stop you and ask where you’re going – and use ‘props’ to back this up. For instance, be prepared to say that you’re going shopping for yourself or a vulnerable person, making sure that you are carrying a shopping bag and that you have details of your supermarket and/or an address close to where your customer lives. Or consider dressing as a delivery driver, healthcare worker or other essential worker

4)  Stay at least 6 feet away from your customers and all other people you meet - though note that the police are allowed to come closer to you. Be respectful to the police

The following guidelines were developed by Russell Newcombe and Cheryl White (of 3D Research: russell.3dresearch@gmail.com) for dissemination among the global community.

1) Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds every time you come into contact with others and after handling money and drugs packages

2) Despite social distancing advice, new users and those who inject should avoid using opiates alone. The risk of overdose is greater than the risk of coronavirus. Try to have naloxone and teach others to use it

3)  Check with your regular services - including treatment provider, pharmacist and drugs programs - to see if they are changing how they operate.  For instance, ask if larger supplies of methadone or drug using equipment are being made available

4)  Ensure that you have up-to-date contact details for drug dealers and for your opioid-using friends

5)  Prepare your own drugs – don’t let others touch your drugs or equipment and vice-versa

6)  Prepare for involuntary withdrawal – stock up on any opioids you can get to help you taper off, as well as products that relieve withdrawal symptoms

7)  Heroin smokers need to be aware COVID19 can make it difficult or painful to inhale smoke or vapour. If you become unable to smoke heroin and you don't inject, this leaves 3 options:

The following guidelines were developed by Russell Newcombe and Cheryl White (of 3D Research: russell.3dresearch@gmail.com) for dissemination among the global community.

This advice aims to protect you, your dealer, the police, and everyone.  It is safer for one dealer to visit lots of customers than for several customers to visit one dealer; both options are covered below.  Ask your dealer to follow these steps too.

 

BUYING DRUGS WHEN YOUR DEALER VISITS YOU AT YOUR HOME

1)  Protect yourself with at least a mask and gloves when you meet your dealer at the door/in your hallway, and stay at least 6 feet away from them whenever possible

2)  Put your money down on the floor/table and step back 6 feet while the dealer picks up the money and puts the drugs down

3)  After your dealer leaves, you can then pick up the packages, clean them with an alcohol-based sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) – or transfer the drugs to another bag/container - and then wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

 

BUYING DRUGS WHEN YOU VISIT YOUR DEALER AT THEIR HOME OR IN PUBLIC

1)  Before leaving to visit your dealer, protect yourself with at least a mask and gloves.

2)  Rehearse a valid reason for why are you are outside, to give to police if they stop you and ask where you’re going – and use ‘props’ to back this up. For instance, be prepared to say that you’re going shopping for yourself or a vulnerable person, making sure both that you are carrying a shopping bag and that you have details of your supermarket and/or an address close to where your dealer lives.