We have compiled a list of documents and web links providing information about harm reduction , treatment and support for people who use drugs during the pandemic from various organisations, both at a global and national level. The list will not be exhaustive, and in a rapidly evolving situation advice may change; in addition to current documents, we have provided website addresses where possible so that you can stay updated on the latest information and guidance.
Date of last update 11/04/20
International position statements about people who use drugs and COVID-19
ISAM. “COVID-19 and Substance Use Disorders: Recommendations to a Comprehensive Healthcare Response. An International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) Practice and Policy Interest Group Position Paper”. Document link Organisation link.
EHRM. “The position of Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network and the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association on the continuity of harm reduction services during the COVID-19 crisis” Document link. Organisation Link
UNODC. “Suggestions about treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with drug use disorder in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; A contribution to the health security of countries and communities” Document link. Organisation Link
Guidance from national/ regional organisations around the world
Public Health England. “COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-commissioners-and-providers-of-services-for-people-who-use-drugs-or-alcohol/covid-19-guidance-for-commissioners-and-providers-of-services-for-people-who-use-drugs-or-alcohol
SAMHSA. “OTP Guidance for Patients Quarantined at Home with the Coronavirus” Organisation Link
Online Resources from the American Society of Addiction Medicine:https://www.asam.org/Quality-Science/covid-19-coronavirus
Online Resources from Transform Drugs: https://transformdrugs.org/coronavirus-and-drug-harm-reduction/
CAMH. “COVID-19 – Opioid Agonist Treatment Guidance” Organisation Link
UNDOC. ‘HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care And Support For People Who Use Drugs.’ Document link.