COVID-19 Is Impacting Illegal Drug Availability

COVID-19 is changing countless aspects of everyday global life, even illegal drug use.

A recent study reports that “many countries across all regions have reported an overall shortage of numerous types of drugs at the street level, as well as price increases for consumers on the black market and reductions in purity.”

Although many countries have noted a decrease in illegal drug use, the shortage has some drug users turning to dangerous alternative substances, such as fentanyl and its derivatives. It’s also increasing the number of IV drug users who are sharing equipment and needles, which carries the risk of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and COVID-19.

The UNODC report soberly reports that the COVID-19 pandemic will drastically change the pharmaceutical and illegal drug markets, but they are unable to draw conclusions at this time. Further study will be needed to understand the consequences COVID-19 has had on this aspect of society. Watch this video to learn more:

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