People who misuse or are dependent on drugs and alcohol may be at increased risk of becoming infected, and infecting others, with COVID-19. They may also be more vulnerable to the impact of infection with the virus, due to underlying conditions.
Regardless of the COVID-19 threat level, drug and alcohol services continue operating as usual (to ensure the protection of potentially vulnerable people)
Key concerns during home isolation include the increased use of alcohol and cocaine, and the use of both drugs in combination.
There are also concerns regarding:
- addiction – the continued use of a drug in spite of the consequences and/or being unable to stop
- dependency – where the body builds a high tolerance for the drug which leads to larger or more frequent doses and/or when physical symptoms of withdrawal are apparent if attempting to stop using
- and self-medication – read more here.
For anyone concerned about their own, or a family or friends, use of drugs – contact our local rehabilitation team for practical, confidential advice:
You can also read more on the government website here.
Young people can visit the website drugz.gi
Key symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
These symptoms may also be confused with withdrawal symptoms in a dependent drug or alcohol user. Anyone with symptoms that could be COVID-19 should be assumed to be infected, tested for the virus and treated according to the results. If in doubt, call 111.