The Global Drug Survey is an independent research company based in the UK who conduct surveys on drug / substance use. Its data is used to create digital health applications that deliver screening and brief interventions for drugs and alcohol. Besides that, they offer free online tools such as harm reduction resources and self-assessment tools.
At the end of last year, South Africa was invited to participate and Myrtle made a call in the below article to ask for everyone far and wide to participate. In the meantime, the survey was closed off and another survey was started, called the Global Drug Survey Special Edition on Covid-19. Earlier this month, a preliminary report was released about the findings of this survey.
It details findings relating to how individuals’ drug use has changed during the pandemic and shows an overall increase in usage above the board. Approximately 40% of participants reported an increase in Cannabis usage during this time, mostly due to the extra time available and reportedly also due to being bored. On the other hand though, nearly 20% of participants reported using less Cannabis than usual during the lockdown period. Logic tells us that this is mostly a supply problem. although some users reported that they mostly use Cannabis in a social setting.
Besides Cannabis, the report discussed results about drugs like alcohol, MDMA, Cocaine and Benzodiazepines. They also report on more personal issues like the participants overall mental health, relationship and initmacy changes and trust in their leadership to efficiently steer them through the pandemic. Although South Africa was not among those who participated in this specific survey, the results paint a sobering view of what’s going on in different countries.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Global Drug Survey report to be released in late July 2020 – we’ll keep you updated!