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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

The information on COVID-19 and substance use in this section comes from resource collections, academic publications, policies and guides from the federal, provincial and territorial governments as well as professional organizations.

CCSA cannot vouch for the accuracy or currency of the information in these resources. Inclusion of a resource on this page does not imply endorsement or authorization by CCSA.

Academic Publications

Academic Publications

Resource Organization
Mitigating and learning from the impact of COVID‐19 infection on addictive disorders Addiction
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 of Addictions
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
When Epidemics Collide: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Opioid Crisis Annals of Internal Medicine
Challenges of methadone maintenance treatment during the COVID-19 epidemic in China: policy and service recommendation European Neuropsychopharmacology
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 Resource Centre  The Lancet
Alcohol use and misuse during the COVID-19 pandemic: a potential public health crisis? The Lancet
Canadians report lower self-perceived mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic Statistics Canada
Opioid use disorder and the COVID 19 pandemic: A call to sustain regulatory easements and further expand access to treatment Substance Abuse

 

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Policies and Guides

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Policies and Guides

Resource Organization
COVID-19 – Supporting People Requiring Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT)  Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
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
In the time of COVID-19: Civil society statement on COVID-19 and people who use drugs International Drug Policy Consortium
Helpful information on substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Government of New Brunswick
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
COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector  Ontario Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care

 

Professional Policies and Guides

Professional Policies and Guides

Resource Organization
COVID-19: Information for Opioid Agonist Treatment Prescribers and Pharmacists  British Columbia Centre on Substance Use
COVID-19 - Opioid Agonist Treatment Guidance  Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
Impact of COVID-19 on drug services and help-seeking in Europe European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
CDSA Exemption and Interpretive Guide for Controlled Substances Health Canada
Clinical guide for the management of people with alcohol dependence during the coronavirus pandemic National Health Service, England
COVID-19: Working with vulnerable people Royal College of Psychiatrists, U.K.
Prescriber Guidelines for Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies Vancouver Coastal Health
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
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

 

Resource Collections

Resource Collections

Resource Organization
People who use substances  B.C. Centre for Disease Control
COVID-19 National Emergency Response California Bridge
COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources  Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
COVID, youth, and substance use: Critical messages for youth and families Canadian Paedriatric Society
Online resources of support for people with substance use disorders  Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
CAMH: Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Information for the public, health professionals and community leaders)  First Nations Health Authority
COVID-19 Resources Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
Gambling, Substance Misuse, and Addiction Gambling Research Exchange Ontario
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support Government of 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)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources and information International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources NAADAC : The Association for Addictions Professionals
COVID-19 Harm Reduction COVID-19: Stay Home, Stay Safe New Zealand Drug Foundation
COVID-19 news and resources for people living with pain Pain BC
Synopsis of Key Articles – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Ontario
Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise  RACE Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise
Coronavirus (COVID-19) SAMHSA Resources and Information Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
COVID-19 HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support for People Who Use Drugs and People in Prison   United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
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

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