Drug Use during COVID-19: New Study Paints an Interesting Picture

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This seminar provides an overview of The Australian’s Drug Use: Adapting to Pandemic Threats (ADAPT) study, including some preliminary findings.

Governments around the world have imposed restrictions on gatherings and movement in an attempt to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This has likely had a significant impact on illicit drug markets, use patterns, harms and help-seeking, however the extent of this impact in the Australian context remains unclear.

The ADAPT study was developed to address this knowledge gap and includes an online survey of people who were regularly using illicit drugs in 2019 (i.e. prior to the emergence of COVID-19). This seminar provides an overview of the ADAPT study and presents some preliminary findings from the baseline sample.