Substance use, particularly psychoactive drug use, and related harm among conflict-driven displaced populations is a neglected area of public health. The limited research that does exist points to a potential increase in risk of HIV and other blood-borne infections among displaced drug users due to an increase in transition from non-injection to injection drug use and an increase in syringe sharing due to reduced access to injecting equipment or disruption of harm reduction interventions. Other harms which have been documented include a range of health, social and protection problems such as injury, sex and gender violence, sexually transmitted infections, disruption to medical care, and negative impacts on household economy. Moreover, there have been few attempts to adapt effective harm reduction interventions to populations displaced by conflict. This joint thematic series of Harm Reduction Journal and Conflict and Health seeks to examine this neglected and timely topic.
We encourage articles on any aspect of substance use and harm reduction in conflict settings and among conflict-driven displaced populations. In particular, we are interested in research derived from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) which are under-represented in social sciences research published in international peer-reviewed journals. We welcome quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research papers, reviews, short reports, commentaries and policy or history articles.
Manuscripts should be formatted according to each journal’s submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. Please visit the websites for Harm Reduction Journal and Conflict and Health for these links. All articles in this series will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process. In the submission system, please make sure the correct collection title is chosen at the ‘Additional Information’ step. Please also indicate in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for the “Substance use and related harm in conflict-driven displaced populations” special series.
Harm Reduction Journal articles will be edited by Prof Kaveh Khoshnood and Prof Nick Crofts
Conflict and Health articles will be edited by Prof Nadine Ezard and Prof Bayard Roberts