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Barrett, Monica (2020) Global drug market shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

URL: https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/resource/global-drug...


How have illegal drug markets adapted to the emergence of COVID-19 and social/mobility restrictions imposed across many nations? Dr Monica Barratt presented at the 2020 NDARC Webinar Series on Thursday, 17 September 2020 [56 minutes]. 

The emergence of COVID-19 has prompted an unprecedented global health emergency. Government responses have included social and mobility restrictions (e.g. lockdowns), designed to halt the spread of this highly infectious disease. Markets for illegal drugs have typically been resilient and actors within these networks are known to adapt to new challenges. How have drug markets changed in light of COVID-19 and social/mobility restrictions imposed across many nations? To address this question, we draw on a subsample of people reporting recent illegal drug use in the Global Drug Survey's COVID-19 special survey (N~50,000; data collected 4 May to 20 June 2020; countries with highest participation included Germany, France, Ireland, Brazil, Switzerland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom). Demand side changes by drug type (e.g. cannabis, MDMA, cocaine, LSD) are analysed by country. Changes in the nature of drug purchase events are explored, including changes in source and delivery methods. This population's experiences with policing is also described.

Item Type
Video
Publication Type
Irish-related, International, Audio / Visual
Drug Type
Alcohol, All substances, Substances (not alcohol/tobacco), Cannabis, CNS depressants / Sedatives, CNS stimulants, Cocaine, Inhalents and solvents, Opioid, New psychoactive substance, Prescription/Over the counter
Intervention Type
Crime prevention, Screening / Assessment
Date
September 2020
Publisher
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
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