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HSE National Social Inclusion Office. (2020) Overdose awareness and coronavirus (COVID-19). Dublin: Health Service Executive.

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People who use drugs are at increased risk of illness from COVID-19. As well as this, they are at increased risk of overdose if they have contracted the illness, as this can cause breathing difficulties which may be exacerbated by using a drug such as heroin which can cause respiratory depression. As this is a new virus, we continue to learn about the impact it can have on people who use drugs.


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