The declaration on March 17, 2020 of a public health emergency related to COVID-19 means that British Columbia is now facing two concurrent crises: one, the rapidly escalating spread of the novel coronavirus and another, the ongoing opioid overdose crisis.
The BC Centre on Substance Use is working to respond to these dual public emergencies to help protect our communities at this very critical time. Below is a list of guidance, education and training, and other resources to support the response to COVID-19 amongst people who use substances.
- Guidance – Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies
Overview– COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Interim Guidance FAQ– Dual Public Health Emergency Prescribing Backgrounder– Information for People Who Use Drugs or Alcohol and are at Risk of Withdrawal, Overdose, and Other Harms Poster– Information for People Who Use Drugs or Alcohol Postcard– Information for People Who Use Drugs or Alcohol
- Bulletin – Clinical Guidance for Prescribers and Pharmacists Regarding OAT
- Bulletin – Information For Health Care Providers Regarding Alcohol Use Disorder And Withdrawal Management
- Webinars – COVID-19, Substance Use, and Safer Supply
- Education – BC ECHO on Substance Use
- Resources – COVID-19 and Substance Use
- Statement – BCCSU on COVID-19