Times of crisis often see a rise in the use of illicit drugs and other intoxicating substances — from cocaine and heroin to pills and alcohol. This has been shown by many historical reviews. The coronavirus pandemic is no different. Frequently dubbed a crisis, the pandemic has created challenges for public health initiatives, national and global economies and societies as a whole. The ramifications of national lockdowns for drug users, however, remain an untold story. That’s not for want of trying, though. International bodies such as the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime ( UNODC ), the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction ( EMCDDA ), universities and initiatives like the Global Drug Survey , have been collecting data for months. Read more: Police probe ‘unprecedented’ night of rioting But as even they themselves have sometimes admitted, it is far too early to get a clear picture of the situation. The EMCDDA describes its own European Web Survey on Drugs, which includes data from April 8 to May 25, as “a rapid assessment … a snapshot.” A lot of the data is science mixedwith anecdotal evidence. So, for instance, users will say — anecdotally — that there’s… Read full this story
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