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Sutherland, R and Baillie, G and Memedovic, S and Hammoud, M and Barratt, M and Bruno, Raimondo and Dietze, Paul and Ezard, Nadine and Salom, C and Degenhardt, Louisa and Hughes, C and Peacock, A . (2020) Australians' drug use: adapting to pandemic threats (ADAPT) study: ADAPT bulletin no. 1. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. 4 p.

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The Australians' Drug Use: Adapting to Pandemic Threats (ADAPT) Study is exploring the short and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the experiences of Australians who use illicit drugs. Findings will be used to ensure drug-related issues during COVID-19 are better understood and more accurately represented, so as to better inform drug treatment and harm reduction in Australia.

Australians who regularly (i.e. at least once a month) used illicit drugs in 2019 were invited to complete an online survey initially and follow-up surveys in 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2 years and 3 years. Participants could opt to complete the Wave 1 survey only.

This bulletin describes changes in drug use and behaviours, harm reduction behaviours, health ratings and drug/mental health treatment access and engagement pre- and post-COVID-19 restrictions (i.e., since March 2020) among a sample of Australians who regularly use illicit drugs.


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