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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.

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Academic Publications

Academic Publications

Resource Organization
Optimizing Medication Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder During COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Addiction
Mitigating and learning from the impact of COVID‐19 infection on addictive disorders Addiction
Changes in alcohol use as a function of psychological distress and social support following COVID-19 related University closings Addictive Behaviors
Substance use and abuse associated with the behavioral immune system during COVID-19: The special case of healthcare workers and essential workers Addictive Behaviors
Drinking to cope with the pandemic: The unique associations of COVID-19-related perceived threat and psychological distress to drinking behaviors in American men and women Addictive Behaviors
Adapting Substance Use Treatment for HIV Affected Communities During COVID-19: Comparisons Between a Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic and a Local Community Based Organization AIDS and Behavior
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
Are Patients With Alcohol Use Disorders at Increased Risk for Covid-19 Infection? Alcohol and Alcoholism
Complicated Alcohol Withdrawal—An Unintended Consequence of COVID-19 Lockdown Alcohol and Alcoholism
Editorial: Challenges to Opioid Use Disorders During COVID-19 American Journal of Addictions
Caring for patients with pain during the COVID-19 pandemic: consensus recommendations from an international expert panel Anaesthesia
When Epidemics Collide: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Opioid Crisis Annals of Internal Medicine
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
COVID-19 pandemic and addiction: Current problems and future concerns Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Association of the Covid-19 lockdown with smoking, drinking, and attempts to quit in England: an analysis of 2019-2020 data BMJ
Don't forget our dual public health crises Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine
Impacts of COVID-19 on Youth Mental Health, Substance Use, and Well-being: A Rapid Survey of Clinical and Community Samples Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Is another public health crisis brewing beneath the COVID-19 pandemic? Canadian Journal of Public Health
Cannabinoids and the Coronavirus Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research
People Who Use Drugs Are Experiencing Overlapping Crises During COVID-19 CMAJ
COVID-19 and addiction Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews
Signal of increased opioid overdose during COVID-19 from emergency medical services data Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Overdose and risk factors for coronavirus disease 2019 Drug and Alcohol Dependence
COVID ‐19 and alcohol in Australia: Industry changes and public health impacts Drug and Alcohol Review
Illicit drug use and harms in Australia in the context of COVID ‐19 and associated restrictions: Anticipated consequences and initial response Drug and Alcohol Review
Alcohol use in times of the COVID 19: Implications for monitoring and policy Drug and Alcohol Review
Challenges of methadone maintenance treatment during the COVID-19 epidemic in China: policy and service recommendation European Neuropsychopharmacology
The impact of heroin illicit market in the framework of COVID 19 pandemic (Letter to the Editor) European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Substance Use Disorders and COVID-19: Multi-Faceted Problems Which Require Multi-Pronged Solutions Frontiers in Psychiatry
A national model of remote care for assessing and providing opioid agonist treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic: a report Harm Reduction Journal
Challenges in maintaining treatment services for people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic Harm Reduction Journal
An urgent impetus for action: safe inhalation interventions to reduce COVID-19 transmission and fatality risk among people who smoke crack cocaine in the United Kingdom International Journal of Drug Policy
Addressing co-occurring public health emergencies: The importance of naloxone distribution in the era of COVID-19 International Journal of Drug Policy
The perfect storm: COVID-19, mass incarceration and the opioid epidemic International Journal of Drug Policy
Why we should all be more careful in drawing conclusions about how COVID-19 is changing drug markets International Journal of Drug Policy
An urgent impetus for action: safe inhalation interventions to reduce COVID-19 transmission and fatality risk among people who smoke crack cocaine in the United Kingdom International Journal on Drug Policy
Online Gambling in the Midst of COVID-19: A Nexus of Mental Health Concerns, Substance Use and Financial Stress International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Addiction psychiatry and COVID-19: impact on patients and service provision Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine
Telehealth for Substance-Using Populations in the Age of Coronavirus Disease 2019: Recommendations to Enhance Adoption JAMA Psychiatry
Low Barrier Tele-Buprenorphine in the Time of COVID-19: A Case Report Journal of Addiction Medicine
Prevalence of Covid-19 Infection and Subsequent Cohorting in a Residential Substance Use Treatment Program in Boston, MA Journal of Addiction Medicine
Optimizing Medication Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder During COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Journal of Addiction Medicine
What Does Adolescent Substance Use Look Like During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Examining Changes in Frequency, Social Contexts, and Pandemic-Related Predictors Journal of Adolescent Health
Cannabis in the Time of Coronavirus Disease 2019: The Yin and Yang of the Endocannabinoid System in Immunocompetence The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Problematic online gaming and the COVID-19 pandemic Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Challenges posed by COVID‐19 to people who inject drugs and lessons from other outbreaks Journal of the International AIDS Society
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
Alcohol Policy and Coronavirus: An Open Research Agenda Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
A Community Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic: a Case Study in Protecting the Health and Human Rights of People Who Use Drugs Journal of Urban Health
Public health messaging and harm reduction in the time of COVID-19 The Lancet
COVID-19 Resource Centre  The Lancet
Alcohol use and misuse during the COVID-19 pandemic: a potential public health crisis? The Lancet
Drinking alone: COVID-19, lockdown, and alcohol-related harm The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Public health messaging and harm reduction in the time of COVID-19 The Lancet Psychiatry
Innovative strategies to support physical distancing among individuals with active addiction The Lancet Psychiatry
Alcohol use and misuse during the COVID-19 pandemic: a potential public health crisis? The Lancet, Public Health
Alcohol consumption in the COVID-19 era Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Addictions in the COVID-19 era: Current evidence, future perspectives a comprehensive review Morb Mortal Wkly Rep.
Addictions in the COVID-19 era: Current evidence, future perspectives a comprehensive review Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on substance use: Implications for prevention and treatment Psychiatry Research
Avoiding a new epidemic during a pandemic: The importance of assessing the risk of substance use disorders in the COVID-19 era Psychiatry Research
COVID19 pandemic and people with opioid use disorder: innovation to reduce risk Psychiatry Research
Substance misuse during COVID-19: protecting people who use drugs Public Health
Leveraging video telehealth for the transitional pain service in response to COVID-19 Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
How is the COVID-19 pandemic changing our use of illegal drugs? An overview of ongoing research Society for the Study of Addiction
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
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
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
Opioid Stewardship Under the New CDSA Exemptions (webinar) Canadian Pharmacists Association
Supporting people who use substances in acute care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse
Medications and other clinical approaches to support physical distancing for people who use substances during the COVID-19 pandemic Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse
Strategies to Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in Supportive Recovery Programs and Residential Addiction Treatment Services Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse
Harm reduction worker safety during the COVID-19 global pandemic Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse
Early Guidance for Pharmacists in Managing Opioid Agonist Treatment during the COVID-19 Pandemic Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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
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.
A public health approach to withdrawal management in a pandemic Vancouver Coastal Health
Prescriber Guidelines for Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies Vancouver Coastal Health

 

Resource Collections

Resource Collections

Resource Organization
COVID-19 Webinars Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
Substance Use and COVID-19 B.C. Centre on Substance Use
COVID-19 National Emergency Response California Bridge
COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources  Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
COVID-19 Pandemic — National Rapid Guidance Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse
Online resources of support for people with substance use disorders  Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
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
Resources for Safer Gambling During COVID-19 Gambling Research Exchange Ontario
Helping people who use substances during the COVID-19 pandemic Government of Canada
Resources for Canadians living with pain during COVID-19 Government of Canada
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support Government of Canada
Health Canada Toolkit: COVID-19 and substance use Health Canada
COVID-19 printable materials, sector resources and webinar recordings Homelessness Services Association of BC
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
Coronavirus (COVID-19) SAMHSA Resources and Information Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
COVID-19 Webinars Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
COVID-19 HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support for People Who Use Drugs and People in Prison   United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Soutien clinique et organisationnel en dépendance et itinérance (in French only) Institut universitaire sur les dépendances

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