COVID-19 and Drugs in the European Neighbourhood: Lessons Learned from Ukraine and Georgia

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This webinar is part of the series of webinars that the EMCDDA has been organising over the past year around the theme of COVID-19. The purpose of the webinars is to help those working in the drugs field understand how drug users, and those supporting them, are coping with the pandemic and to share knowledge and experience. The webinars give a voice to key professionals working in the drugs field and allow for a panel discussion on emerging challenges. The sessions, chaired by EMCDDA staff members, are open to EMCDDA employees, the Reitox network and professionals working in the domain.

Objective of the COVID-19 and drugs in the European neighborhood: lessons learned from Ukraine and Georgia webinar:

  • To present results from studies carried out to collect insights from people who use drugs and service providers on how COVID-19 control measures have affected their lives, as well as drug market
  • To discuss how some of the changes observed are wroth becoming a ‘new normal’

Background

In April 2020, in the framework of the EU4Monitoring Drugs (EU4MD) project, two research teams launched a 6-month long cohort study among people who use drugs in Georgia and Ukraine. The aim was to document how the COVID-19 lockdown measures may impact their social-economic status, drug use behaviour as well as access to drug-related health services. The research team also gathered information from selected key stakeholders. In Georgia, a daily monitoring of drug sales on Matanga, a largest website on darknet, was also performed.

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