Inequities Laid Bare: Responding to Challenges of COVID-19 and Beyond
Organized by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction with the support of Canada, and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation, the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA), the HIV Legal Network and the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation.
Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the implementation of policies and programs aimed at curbing outbreaks, minimizing mortality, and maintaining public health and safety. Yet, the pandemic has had a disproportionate negative impact on marginalized populations, including people who use drugs, racialized groups, and those living in conditions of poverty. Higher rates of COVID-19 infection and related death have been observed among people facing poverty, as well as among Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. Moreover, opioid-related overdose fatalities have increased during the pandemic in jurisdictions across Canada, especially among communities characterized by material deprivation or ethno-cultural diversity. With a focus on Canada, speakers will share research and experiences of how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities and negatively affected marginalized populations, while also discussing how such disproportionate effects could be mitigated in the future.
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