Over the past two years, in an attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus, countries around the world have imposed a range of restrictions and social distancing measures. For social scientists and practitioners, this has led to discussion around the importance of connectedness and what happens when physical contact with each other is limited.
This article explores the impact for people who use substances, which includes a shift in drug markets, an increase in isolation and using substances alone, and an increased risk of overdose.
There has also been disruption to treatment services and opportunities to be a part of a supportive community.
The authors acknowledge the importance of medically informed treatment. However, they also stress the importance of recognising the human need for community and supporting the development and maintenance of social connections.