|PROJECT TITLE||AMBULANCE CALLS FOR SUBSTANCE USE AND ALCOHOL IN A PANDEMIC (ASAP)|
|Overarching aim||The aim of this study is to review published evidence on the effect of the pandemic on alcohol and substance misuse and investigate ambulance service attendance and transports at incidents involving alcohol and/or substance use over the period of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown..|
|Methods||Cross sectional and time series studies; systematic review.|
|Outcomes||This study will provide information on the effect of the pandemic and the government’s response on hazardous or harmful substance or alcohol use leading to an ambulance response and the decision to transport to hospital.|
Roberts A, Rogers J, Mason R, Siriwardena AN, Hogue T, Whitley GA, Law GR. Alcohol and other substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic review (2021). Drug and Alcohol Dependence 229: 109150.
|Impact||The study will provide information for ambulance services, hospitals and policy makers on the effect of lockdown during the pandemic on alcohol and substance misuse leading to ambulance calls.|