Summer Planning Toolkit modules

Module 2: Caring for vulnerable populations

People who inject drugs

People who inject drugs

People who inject drugs or who are participating in a pharmacotherapy program may be at increased risk from the harms of natural disaster and other emergencies due to the following factors:

  • services such as psychological and pharmacotheray may be paused due to the emergency
  • drug markets may be disrupted, or treatment interrupted resulting in the person suffering withdrawal symptoms
  • the person may participate in risky behaviour to obtain drugs
  • the person may be more likely to share needles due to shortages 17.