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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

The information on COVID-19 and substance use in this section is organized by the types of audiences looking for information. These audiences include the pubic, service providers, people seeking services, people who use drugs, researchers and policy makers.

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People in Pain

People in Pain

Resource Organization
COVID-19: Information Resources Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance
COVID-19 news and resources for people living with pain Pain BC
Managing patients with chronic pain during the COVID-19 outbreak considerations for the rapid introduction of remotely supported (e-health) pain management services PAIN: The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain

 

People Seeking Services

People Seeking Services

Resource Organization
Editorial: Challenges to Opioid Use Disorders During COVID‐19 American Journal on Addictions
Statement from BCCSU on COVID-19 B.C. Centre on Substance Use
Starting Buprenorphine Outside of Hospitals/Clinics California Bridge
Virtual Addiction Counselling Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
COVID -19: Opioid Agonist Treatment Guidance Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support Government of Canada
Frequently Asked Questions: Subsection 56(1) Class Exemption for Patients, Practitioners and Pharmacists Prescribing and Providing Controlled Substances in Canada during the Coronavirus Pandemic Health Canada
Provincial/Territorial Class Exemptions for Supervised Consumption Site Operators Health Canada
COVID-19 Crisis: Harm Reduction Resources for People who Use Drugs  INPUD (International Network of People who Use Drugs)
COVID-19: Stay Home, Stay Safe New Zealand Drug Foundation
COVID-19 Guidance: Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) Sites  Ontario Ministry of Health
COVID-19, Stimulant Use, and Harm Reduction Resolve to Save Lives and Vital Strategies
There’s Life Beyond Addiction SMART Recovery
Online Resources for Substance use Disorders during COVID-19 Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Coronavirus and Drug Harm Reduction  Transform
Suggestions about treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with drug use disorder in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
VCH Overdose Response in Overdose Prevention Sites and Supervised Consumption Sites for COVID-19 Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver CAT prescriber guidelines webinar Vancouver Coastal Health
Support and resources for women Women For Sobriety
Harm Reduction Guidance  Yale Program in Addiction Medicine
COVID-19 (in French only) Institut universitaire sur les dépendances et Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

 

People Who Use Drugs

People Who Use Drugs

Resource Organization
Options for meeting online Alcoholics Anonymous
COVID-19 - Supporting Access to Buprenorphine American Society of Addiction Medicine
Cannabis use and COVID-19 Assembly of First Nations
COVID-19: Harm Reduction and Overdose Response  B.C. Centre for Disease Control
People who use substances  B.C. Centre for Disease Control
Substance Use and COVID-19 B.C. Centre on Substance Use
Statement from BCCSU on COVID-19 B.C. Centre on Substance Use
Virtual Addiction Counselling Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
COVID-19 and Impaired Driving Risks (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Getting Back on the Road: Relaxing of COVID-19 Measures and Impaired Driving Risks (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 and Cannabis Smoking and Vaping: Four Things You Should Know (report) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 and Cannabis Smoking: 4 Things You Should Know (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 and Cannabis: How to Reduce Your Risk (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19, Alcohol and Cannabis Use (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID 19, Alcohol and Cannabis Use (report) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Safer Drinking Tips During COVID-19 Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research
Online resources of support for people with substance use disorders  Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
COVID -19: Opioid Agonist Treatment Guidance Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Coronavirus – General Hygiene Harm Reduction Tips Crew
COVID-19 Safer Drug Use Harm Reduction Tips Eastern Health / Opioid Dependance Treatment Centre of Excellence
COVID-19 and people who use drugs European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Cannabis and COVID-19 First Nations Health Authority
Substance Use – Harm Reduction and COVID-19 First Nations Health Authority
Caring for Pregnant and Parenting Women with OUD During the COVID-19 Pandemic (slides from webinar) Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support Government of Canada
COVID-19 Safer Drug Use Harm Reduction Tips Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Substance Use During the Pandemic Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Syringe Services and Harm Reduction Provider Operations During the COVID-19 Outbreak Harm Reduction Coalition
COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Programs  Harm Reduction Coalition
Recovering from addiction during a time of uncertainty and social distancing Harvard Health Publishing
CDSA Exemption and Interpretive Guide for Controlled Substances Health Canada
COVID-19 printable materials, sector resources and webinar recordings Homelessness Services Association of BC
COVID-19 Crisis: Harm Reduction Resources for People who Use Drugs  INPUD (International Network of People who Use Drugs)
In the time of COVID-19: Civil society statement on COVID-19 and people who use drugs International Drug Policy Consortium
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources and information International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
COVID-19 Harm Reduction COVID-19: Stay Home, Stay Safe New Zealand Drug Foundation
Statement by the UN expert on the right to health on the protection of people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, United Nations
COVID-19 Guidance: Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) Sites  Ontario Ministry of Health
COVID19: Opioid Risk Mitigation Research-to-Policy Collaboration
Harm Reduction Tips During Corona Virus Somerset West Community Health Centre
Managing Withdrawal during COVID-19 Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Harm reduction during COVID-19 Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Online Resources for Substance use Disorders during COVID-19 Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
COVID-19 Harm Reduction Tips  Toronto Public Health
Coronavirus and Drug Harm Reduction Transform
Suggestions about treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with drug use disorder in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
COVID-19 HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support for People Who Use Drugs and People in Prison   United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNSW Speakeasy Podcast, S05, Extra Easy Ep 1: COVID-19 & Harm Reduction Special University of New South Wales
Safer Use Strategies to Reduce Risk of COVID-19 Transmission   Vancouver Costal Health
Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19   Yale Program in Addiction Medicine, Global Health Justice Partnership, and Crackdown
A Message for Young People Who Use Drugs Youth Rise
Pour un usage de substances à moindre risque dans le cadre de la pandémie de COVID-19 (in French only) Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec
Ressources pour les usagers (in French only) Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal
COVID-19 (in French only) Institut universitaire sur les dépendances et Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

 

Policymakers

Policymakers

Resource Organization
Editorial: Challenges to Opioid Use Disorders During COVID-19 American Journal of Addictions
When Epidemics Collide: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Opioid Crisis Annals of Internal Medicine
Statement from BCCSU on COVID-19 B.C. Centre on Substance Use
Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies B.C. Centre on Substance Use
Open versus Closed: The Risks Associated with Retail Liquor Stores during COVID-19 Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources  Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
Frequently Asked Questions: Subsection 56(1) Class Exemption for Patients, Practitioners and Pharmacists Prescribing and Providing Controlled Substances in Canada during the Coronavirus Pandemic Health Canada
Exceptional importation & sale of drugs in relation to COVID-19: Tier 3 drug shortages Health Canada
First ISAM Webinar on COVID-19 and Drug Addiction, March 23, 2020  International Society of Addiction Medicine
COVID‐19 During the Opioid Epidemic – Exacerbation of Stigma and Vulnerabilities Journal of Rural Health
A Primary Care Response to COVID‐19 for Patients with an Opioid Use Disorder Journal of Rural Health
COVID-19 Guidance: Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) Sites  Ontario Ministry of Health
COVID19: Opioid Risk Mitigation Research-to-Policy Collaboration
Opioid use disorder and the COVID 19 pandemic: A call to sustain regulatory easements and further expand access to treatment Substance Abuse
Rights in the time of COVID-19: Lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response UNAIDS
COVID-19 and the drug supply chain: from production and trafficking to use United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

 

Public

Public

Resource Organization
Editorial: Challenges to Opioid Use Disorders During COVID‐19 American Journal on Addictions
Cannabis use and COVID-19 Assembly of First Nations
Mental Wellness and COVID-19: Tips and Considerations Assembly of First Nations
Tobacco Use and COVID-19 Assembly of First Nations
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information for patients with chronic health conditions  B.C. Centre for Disease Control
Substance Use and COVID-19 B.C. Centre on Substance Use
Statement from BCCSU on COVID-19 B.C. Centre on Substance Use
Tips for supporting your mental health through the COVID-19 pandemic  B.C. Mental Health and Substance Use Services
Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression B.C. Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
Caring for Others with Addiction During a Time of Uncertainty and Social Distancing Cambridge Health Alliance
Statement: Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) during the COVID-19 pandemic Canada FASD Research Network
Virtual Addiction Counselling Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
Supporting Harm Reduction in COVID 19 Shelter and Self Isolation (webinar) Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
COVID-19: Information Resources Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance
COVID-19 and Impaired Driving Risks (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Getting Back on the Road: Relaxing of COVID-19 Measures and Impaired Driving Risks (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Open versus Closed: The Risks Associated with Retail Liquor Stores during COVID-19 Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 and Cannabis Smoking: 4 Things You Should Know (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 and Cannabis: How to Reduce Your Risk (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 and Increased Alcohol Consumption: NANOS Poll Summary Report Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19, Alcohol and Cannabis Use (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID 19, Alcohol and Cannabis Use (report) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Coping with Stress, Anxiety, and Substance Use During COVID-19 [infographic] Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and Mental Health Commission of Canada
COVID-19 and mental health and well-being  Canadian Mental Health Association
COVID, youth, and substance use: Critical messages for youth and families Canadian Paedriatric Society
CAMH: Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Alcohol and Self-Isolation: What Are Quebecers Doing? Éduc'alcool
Isolation and alcohol during a pandemic Éduc'alcool
Gambling, Substance Misuse, and Addiction Gambling Research Exchange Ontario
COVID-19 mobile app Government of Canada
Taking care of your mental health (COVID-19) Government of Canada
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support Government of Canada
COVID-19: Mental Health and Wellness Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Substance Use During the Pandemic Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
In the time of COVID-19: Civil society statement on COVID-19 and people who use drugs International Drug Policy Consortium
First ISAM Webinar on COVID-19 and Drug Addiction, March 23, 2020  International Society of Addiction Medicine
COVID-19 Harm Reduction COVID-19: Stay Home, Stay Safe New Zealand Drug Foundation
Statement by the UN expert on the right to health on the protection of people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, United Nations
COVID-19 news and resources for people living with pain Pain BC
Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise  RACE Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise
Canadians report lower self-perceived mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic Statistics Canada
Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians Statistics Canada
Online Resources for Substance use Disorders during COVID-19 Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
More tips for managing Safe Alcohol Use during COVID-19 Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Rights in the time of COVID-19: Lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response UNAIDS
Paws Your Stress Therapy Dog Program University of Saskatechewan
Managing Safe Alcohol Use During COVID-19 Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Alcohol and COVID-19: what you need to know World Health Organization, Europe
A Message for Young People Who Use Drugs Youth Rise

 

Researchers

Researchers

Resource Organization
Collision of the COVID-19 and Addiction Epidemics Annals of Internal Medicine
An Epidemic in the Midst of a Pandemic: Opioid Use Disorder and COVID-19 Annals of Internal Medicine
Statement from BCCSU on COVID-19 B.C. Centre on Substance Use
COVID-19 and Cannabis Smoking and Vaping: Four Things You Should Know [report] Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Open versus Closed: The Risks Associated with Retail Liquor Stores during COVID-19 Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 and Increased Alcohol Consumption: NANOS Poll Summary Report Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
First ISAM Webinar on COVID-19 and Drug Addiction, March 23, 2020  International Society of Addiction Medicine
COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders  National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Synopsis of Key Articles – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Ontario
COVID-19 Resource Centre  The Lancet
COVID-19 and the drug supply chain: from production and trafficking to use United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

 

Service Providers

Service Providers

Resource Organization
Rapid Implementation of Service Delivery Changes to Mitigate COVID-19 and Maintain Access to Methadone Among Persons with and at High-Risk for HIV in an Opioid Treatment Program AIDS and Behavior
Editorial: Challenges to Opioid Use Disorders During COVID‐19 American Journal on Addictions
Managing mental health during COVID-19 American Medical Association
COVID-19 - Infection Mitigation in Outpatient Settings American Society of Addiction Medicine
COVID-19 - Infection Mitigation in Residential Treatment Facilities American Society of Addiction Medicine
COVID-19 - Supporting Access to Buprenorphine American Society of Addiction Medicine
COVID-19 - Supporting Access to Telehealth American Society of Addiction Medicine
Recommendations on Chronic Pain Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic  American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (ASRA)
Collision of the COVID-19 and Addiction Epidemics Annals of Internal Medicine
An Epidemic in the Midst of a Pandemic: Opioid Use Disorder and COVID-19 Annals of Internal Medicine
Overdose in the context of COVID-19 outbreak BCCDC Harm Reduction Services
COVID-19: Harm Reduction and Overdose Response  B.C.Centre for Disease Control
People who use substances  B.C. Centre for Disease Control
COVID-19: Information for Opioid Agonist Treatment Prescribers and Pharmacists  B.C. Centre on Substance Use
Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies B.C. Centre on Substance Use
Statement from BCCSU on COVID-19 B.C. Centre on Substance Use
Substance Use and COVID-19 B.C. Centre on Substance Use
COVID-19: Responding to Opioid Overdoses in Overdose Prevention Services (OPS) and Supervised Consumption Sites (SCS) BC Ministry of Health
Immediately reduce person to person contact in MAT services California Bridge
Starting Buprenorphine Outside of Hospitals/Clinics California Bridge
Virtual Addiction Counselling Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
Supporting Harm Reduction in COVID 19 Shelter and Self Isolation (webinar) Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
COVID-19 and Impaired Driving Risks (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Getting Back on the Road: Relaxing of COVID-19 Measures and Impaired Driving Risks (infographic) Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 and Cannabis Smoking and Vaping: Four Things You Should Know [report] Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 and Cannabis Smoking: 4 Things You Should Know [infographic] Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
COVID-19 and Cannabis: How to Reduce Your Risk [infographic] Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Managing Stress, Anxiety and Substance Use During Covid-19: A Resource for Healthcare Providers [infographic] Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and Mental Health Commission of Canada
Online resources of support for people with substance use disorders  Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
COVID-19 - Opioid Agonist Treatment Guidance  Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
Ensuring Our Own Wellbeing as We Care for Others During the COVID-19 Crisis Canadian Society of Physician Leaders
COVID -19: Opioid Agonist Treatment Guidance Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Sharing Experiences (prepared by partners and members) Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network
COVID-19 Safer Drug Use Harm Reduction Tips Eastern Health / Opioid Dependance Treatment Centre of Excellence
COVID-19 and people who use drugs European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Cannabis and COVID-19 First Nations Health Authority
Alcohol Use: Risk Mitigation Strategies During a Pandemic First Nations Health Authority
Substance Use – Harm Reduction and COVID-19 First Nations Health Authority
Creating an Effective Telehealth Patient Experience for MOUD During the COVID-19 Pandemic (webinar) Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
MOUD and the COVID-19 National Emergency Response (webinar) Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
Caring for Pregnant and Parenting Women with OUD During the COVID-19 Pandemic (slides from webinar) Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
Gambling, Substance Misuse, and Addiction Gambling Research Exchange Ontario
COVID-19 – Supporting People Requiring Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT)  Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Programs  Harm Reduction Coalition
CDSA Exemption and Interpretive Guide for Controlled Substances Health Canada
Exceptional importation & sale of drugs in relation to COVID-19: Tier 3 drug shortages Health Canada
Frequently Asked Questions: Subsection 56(1) Class Exemption for Patients, Practitioners and Pharmacists Prescribing and Providing Controlled Substances in Canada during the Coronavirus Pandemic Health Canada
Provincial/Territorial Class Exemptions for Supervised Consumption Site Operators Health Canada
Subsection 56(1) class exemption for patients, practitioners and pharmacists prescribing and providing controlled substances in Canada during the coronavirus pandemic Health Canada
Overdose Safety and Support During the Coronavirus Outbreak Homeless Services Association of B.C.
COVID-19 printable materials, sector resources and webinar recordings Homelessness Services Association of B.C.
In the time of COVID-19: Civil society statement on COVID-19 and people who use drugs International Drug Policy Consortium
Supporting Frontline and Mental Health and Addiction Staff in the Covid-19 Environment International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership and International Initiative for Disability Leadership
COVID-19: Suggested Health Department Actions to Support Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) NASTAD
COVID-19 Harm Reduction COVID-19: Stay Home, Stay Safe New Zealand Drug Foundation
Statement by the UN expert on the right to health on the protection of people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, United Nations
COVID-19 and Opioid Treatment Programs Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services
COVID-19 Guidance: Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) Sites  Ontario Ministry of Health
Managing patients with chronic pain during the COVID-19 outbreak considerations for the rapid introduction of remotely supported (e-health) pain management services PAIN: The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain
COVID19: Opioid Risk Mitigation Research-to-Policy Collaboration
COVID-19, Stimulant Use, and Harm Reduction Resolve to Save Lives and Vital Strategies
Guidance on contingency planning for people who use drugs and COVID-19   Scottish Drugs Forum
Considerations for Crisis Centers and Clinicians in Managing the Treatment of Alcohol or Benzodiazepine Withdrawal during the COVID-19 Epidemic: March 19, 2020 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
OTP Guidance for Patients Quarantined at Home with the Coronavirus Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Coronavirus (COVID-19) SAMHSA Resources and Information Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Rights in the time of COVID-19: Lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response UNAIDS
Suggestions about treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with drug use disorder in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
COVID-19 HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support for People Who Use Drugs and People in Prison   United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Suggestions about treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with drug use disorder in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Alcohol and Opiod use in the Time of COVID-19 (webinar summary and link) University of British Columbia
UNSW Speakeasy Podcast, S05, Extra Easy Ep 1: COVID-19 & Harm Reduction Special University of New South Wales
Prescriber Guidelines for Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies Vancouver Coastal Health
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for substance misuse and homelessness services (version 1) Welsh Government
Harm Reduction Guidance  Yale Program in Addiction Medicine
Le traitement du trouble lié à l’utilisation d'opioïdes (TUO) : version temporaire comprenant les mesures d'exception autorisées par Santé Canada en lien avec al pandémie de la COVID-19 (in french only) Collège des médecins du Québec
COVID-19 (coronavirus) (in French only) Institut national de santé publique du Québec

 

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