Staying safe during the pandemic

If you’re an active drug user, it is more important now than ever to practice safe drug use. Besides the general hygiene tips everyone should follow (e.g. washing your hands regularly, coughing into your sleeves, etc.), remember to:

  • Minimize sharing of supplies: Do not share supplies, such as injection equipment and utensils. If you can, make sure you have enough supplies to last 2 to 4 weeks so that you won’t have to share or re-use your supplies.
  • Keep clean and practice good hygiene: Regularly clean and disinfect any surfaces and supplies that are frequently touched with antimicrobial wipes, alcohol, or bleach. Wash your hands regularly, or use hand sanitizers if you are on the go with no access to soap and water.
  • Buddy up: Using drugs with a buddy is safer than using alone. Have a buddy that can regularly check in and respond in case of an emergency. However, to avoid passing the virus to one another, stay at least 2 metres (or 6 feet) away from your buddy.
  • Be prepared: Have a backup plan in case you can no longer get your drugs from your regular supplier. If you must use a new supply, be cautious.
  • Have a naloxone kit handy: Ensure you and the people you’re with know how to use a naloxone kit and can recognize signs of an overdose. You can get a naloxone kit at most pharmacies and public health service locations.

It’s normal to be feeling a variety of emotions and levels of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Practicing positive coping strategies and having healthy habits are important in maintaining recovery and keeping yourself safe during these difficult times.

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