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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Implications of COVID-19 Webinar Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on public health in Canada, including substance use and access to healthcare services and supports.


CCSA’s new webinar series explores the implications of COVID-19 on public health, highlighting work in the area of substance use and COVID-19 across sectors and across the country. You can expect to hear a variety of perspectives from leading experts spanning topics from harm reduction, stigma, domestic violence, adverse childhood events and youth.

Be sure to bookmark this page for updates to our webinar schedule and to view recordings of past webinars.

Spaces for each webinar are limited so register early to secure your place.

COVID-19 and Alcohol


  • English: August 5, 2020, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., EST
  • French: August 6, 2020, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., EST


  • Dr. Catherine Paradis, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
  • Dr. Bryce Barker, Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

How much are people drinking while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are Canadians drinking more alcohol than usual and, if so, are they doing it more often? This webinar will shed light on alcohol use during the pandemic, drawing on the results of a survey and polls commissioned by CCSA in spring 2020. The presentation will also highlight resources to assist in reducing risks related to alcohol use during COVID-19. The English version will be hosted on August 5 and the French webinar will take place on August 6.

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Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine and Withdrawal Options

Date: August 11, 2020, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., EST

Speaker: Dr. Ginette Poulin, Clinical Lead, Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse

This webinar will explore the impact of COVID-19 on access to addiction medicine and withdrawal options. More details to be released soon.

Please note that this webinar will be presented in English.

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The Effects of COVID-19 on the Illegal Drug Supply

Date: August 17, 2020, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., EST


  • Dr. Jane Buxton, Physician Epidemiologist and Harm Reduction Lead, BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Karen McDonald, Operations Manager, Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation
  • Matthew Bonn, Safe Supply and Drug Policy Consultant, Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs

This webinar will explore how regulations put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are inadvertently contributing to an increasingly toxic illegal drug supply and how this shift has both increased health harms and created policy opportunities. Presentations will highlight different perspectives, including systems-level epidemiology data, findings from a local drug checking program and experiences shared by people who use drugs.

Please note that this webinar will be presented in English.

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