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COVID-19 Harm Reduction Advice.


Life is going to become difficult for a lot of people in the coming weeks and months. And espescially for people who can't afford to stock up on supplies like toilet paper ....and food.

What we can suggest is that many of us are going to need to re-think our budgets. We are going to need to budget more for food and essentials so that we can take every opportunity to buy up what we can, when we can. Not to bulk buy -not that many of us could afford to do that if we wanted to (and we shouldn't anyway)- but just to get some essentials into our cupboards.

With people panic buying all over the place, a lot of people on pensions and benefits are now doing it extremely hard. People are beginning to find that they cannot buy the food they would normally use to feed their family. We need to try to make sure we ALWAYS have ten or twenty dollars on hand so that we can buy things as they become available. We will need to be constantly keeping our eyes open and taking every opportunity to "pop into that shop there" to see what's on the shelves. If you have some money in your pocket to buy some mince meat, or some soap, or some rice or whatever, whenever you see it on a shelf, you will be a lot better off. We know that it's going to be tough ...it's a big ask for someone already trying to live on nothing, but we're going to have to find a way to do it.


Some harm reduction advice for people who use drugs, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic...


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