COVID-19 and substance use disorder: study protocol for the International Society of Addiction Medicine Practice and Policy Interest Group Global survey

Alexander Baldacchino, Seyed Ramin Radfar, Cornelis De Jong, Parnian Rafei, Masud Yunesian, Gilberto Gerra, Kathleen Brady, Mohsen Ebrahimi, Mehrnoosh Vahidi, Arash Khojasteh Zonoozi, Hossein Mohaddes Ardabili, Anja Busse, Elizabeth Saenz, Giovanna Campello, Kamran Niaz, Hamed Ekhtiari, Ali Farhoudian

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Abstract

Introduction: As one of the major health problems in the present century, the COVID-19 pandemic affected all parts of the global communities and the health of substance users are potentially at a greater risk of harm. This global study has been designed and conducted by the International Society of Addiction Medicine Practice and Policy Interest Group (ISAM-PPIG) to understand better the health related issues of people with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) as well as responses of the relevant health care systems during the pandemic.

Methods: This is a cross-sectional study using convenient sampling. The data gathering was carried out with two follow-up stages each two months apart through an online conducted survey prepared using Google platform. The survey started by emergence of COVID-19 as a pandemic in March 2020 and respondents were followed till September 2020 when most of the initial lockdowns by most countries are supposed to be reopened.

Ethics and dissemination: The study was approved by the ethics committee of University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran. The results will be published in relevant peer reviewing journals and communicated with different international stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalBasic and Clinical Neuroscience
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Country response
  • Disaster medicine
  • Drug addiction
  • Health policy
  • Health surveys
  • Mental health Services
  • Opiate substitution treatment
  • Pandemics
  • Public health
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Telemedicine

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