By Bonn et al.
People who use drugs (PWUD) face concurrent public health emergencies from overdoses, HIV, hepatitis C, and COVID-19, leading to an unprecedented syndemic. Responses to PWUD that go beyond treatment—such as decriminalization and providing a safe supply of pharmaceutical-grade drugs—could reduce the impacts of this syndemic. Solutions already implemented for COVID-19, such as emergency safe-supply prescribing and providing housing to people experiencing homelessness, must be sustained once COVID-19 is contained. This pandemic is not only apublic health crisis but also a chance to develop and maintain equitable and sustainable solutions to the harms associated with the criminalization of drug use. (J. Stud. Alcohol Drugs, 81, 556–560, 2020)