If you're someone who uses drugs, you're more likely to catch Covid-19 and get seriously sick from it. Some drugs can affect your body's ability to fight the virus, especially if you use often. But there are a few things you can do to stay safer.
The Covid-19 vaccine is the best defence against catching the virus and getting seriously sick.
The vaccine is free and safe for people who use drugs. You don't need ID, you just need to show up. You can book your vaccine online here, but at many places you don't need a booking.
When using drugs:
- Stay at home if you're unwell.
- Get tested regularly. Some drugs may give you a sore throat or a cough, making it harder for you to notice Covid-19 symptoms.
- Don't share needles, pipes or other equipment. You can get clean needles and syringes from a Needle Exchange near you.
- Wash your hands and clean surfaces and equipment before using. Each person should use their own sterile equipment, such as needles and straws for snorting.
- Puff puff but don't pass. It's best not to share ciggies, joints or vapes to reduce risk of spreading Covid-19.
When buying drugs:
- Follow any Covid-19 restrictions on travel. Don't travel into or out of a restricted area to buy drugs.
- Use contactless pick-up where possible.
- Wear a mask and keep social distancing when interacting with people outside your bubble.
- Keep track of where you've been and who you've interacted with. Police can't use this info in any drug prosecutions.