COVID-19 resources: harm reduction, treatment and support

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.

EMCDA.  “EMCDDA update on the implications of COVID-19 for people who use drugs (PWUD) and drug service providers”. 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

INPUD, HRI, IDPC. “In the time of COVID-19: Civil Society Statement on COVID-19 and People who use Drugs” 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”

BCCSU. “Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies” Document link. Organisation Link

CDC. “Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to coronavirus disease” Document link. Organisation Link

SAMHSA. “OTP Guidance for Patients Quarantined at Home with the Coronavirus” Organisation Link

Scottish Drugs Forum. “Guidelines on contingency planning for people who use drugs and COVID_19” Document link. Organisation Link

Change, Grow, Live. “Opioid MAT Treatment: Coronavirus (COVID-19)” Document link. Organisation Link

Change, Grow, Live. “Guidelines for Medication delivery: Coronavirus (COVID-19)” Document link. Organisation Link 

Harm Reduction Coalition. “Syringe Services and Harm Reduction Provider Operations During the COVID-19 Outbreak” Document link. Organisation Link.

Online Resources from the American Society of Addiction Medicine:

Online Resources from Transform Drugs:

CAMH. “COVID-19 – Opioid Agonist Treatment Guidance” Organisation Link

Useful Infographics

UNDOC. ‘HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care And Support For People Who Use Drugs.’ Document link.

United Nations infographics

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