Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a public health crisis that is affecting all of us – and we at the Drug Policy Alliance are doing all we can to respond to this pandemic, protect those we serve, and carry out our shared mission.
We are deeply concerned about the well-being of our community members most vulnerable during this public health crisis – people who use drugs; people in jails, prisons, and immigrant detention centers; and people without housing.
They face unique challenges that put them at increased risk of contracting and spreading coronavirus. Although many of us are able to take precautions such as social distancing, these populations are in environments with conditions that can create or exacerbate harms.
We worry that people who use drugs will face even more challenges to access life-saving harm reduction services and medications. We know that people who are incarcerated and detained will remain stuck in crowded, unsanitary spaces. We’ve learned that people without housing will struggle to manage risks without adequate supports, resources, or medical care. We will continue to work in coalition with our partners to center the needs of these communities.
But we also need your help. We understand if the COVID-19 crisis makes you unable to give a gift today. But if you can, any gift, no matter how small, will help us have an impact in the midst of this pandemic. Please make a contribution today.
Many of our allies have created useful resources for protecting these communities during this critical time. Please check out the information below to learn how to protect yourselves and others.
DPA has signed on to the following letters calling for the protection these communities and other lifesaving measures during this public health crisis.