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Title: Illicit drug use in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic
Contributor(s): Loi, Natasha M  (author)orcid ; Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid ; Rice, Kylie  (author)orcid ; Rock, Adam J  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2022-05-07
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.7189/jogh.12.03026Open Access Link
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The use of illicit drugs is associated with numerous negative psychological, physiological, financial, social, and legal effects [1]. The restrictions associated with COVID-19 have exacerbated these outcomes for many people around the world, with an increase in anxiety and depression and reduced overall well-being being evident [2].

Restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have limited travel and people’s day-to-day movement, resulting in an inability to interact in person with friends and family, leading to a marked reduction in overall well-being for many people. The changes brought about by these restrictions to what were often previously regarded as prosaic activities have had several flow-on effects, including alterations in how people work, socialise, and engage in any number of licit and illicit pursuits. The restrictions imposed on mobility have particularly affected how people use illicit drugs.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Global Health, v.12, p. 1-4
Publisher: The University of Edinburgh, Global Health Society
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2047-2986
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520304 Health psychology
529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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