Addiction Services Are Essential Services

Dianova launches an international campaign to raise awareness of the need that addiction services be on par with other healthcare services and that they be given similar levels of attention and support.

Addiction services are essential

One of the animated images of Dianova’s international campaign

Covid-19 crisis has affected our health systems revealing dysfunctions that have affected the most vulnerable people, and among them people who use drugs.

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The Situation

The challenges engendered by stay-at-home orders are likely to have had negative effects on people with substance use disorders or in recovery, including increased drug or alcohol consumption, risks of overdose, and relapse.

As emphasized in a report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, people who use drugs face additional risks of infection by Covid-19 as compared to the general population, because of lifestyle factors and pre-existing health problems.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health pointed out the need to recognize vulnerable groups of people who use drugs as a high-risk population in order to mitigate the spread of the pandemic.

What's the campaign for?

Covid-19-related consequences seem to take a particularly heavy toll on people in the throes of substance use disorder and addiction, as well as on those in recovery. Yet, in many countries, , authorities have been able to give addiction services only very little support.

This is the reason why we demand that addiction services be on par with other healthcare services and that they be given similar levels of attention and support

When everything is on pause, some of us must go on.

How can I participate?

  • Go to the campaign’s page and get additional information and resources
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  • Embed the campaign’s video on your website or social media page
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