Harm Reduction Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 is an illness caused by a novel coronavirus that can cause respiratory infection and lead to health problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined COVID-19 as a global health emergency and a pandemic, meaning it spread to many people across the world at the same time.
We are experiencing a global public health crisis as health care capacity is being outpaced by the rise in serious COVID-19 cases that require treatment and care. And like many other health issues, COVID-19 disproportionately impacts people of color due to structural inequities and institutional racism. This is a reminder how critical it is to center racial justice in all of our work.
Harm reduction is more vital than ever.
COVID-19 Resources for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Providers
Created in collaboration with Higher Ground Harm Reduction, Reynolds Health Strategies and Vital Strategies
Fear COVID-19? Current US Drug Policy Spreads It
US drug policy increases the spread of COVID-19 to people who use drugs and other marginalized groups. Understand how in this article by NHRC and the Drug Policy Alliance.