Information and resources related to COVID-19 are rapidly being developed as we learn more about the virus and its spread. To support people who use drugs, front-line service providers, and health care workers, we’ve compiled the best available guidance here and will update as new resources become available.

World Health Organization Coronavirus Resources, World Health Organization (Switzerland)
Page from the global health organization containing guidance on how to avoid becoming ill, current situation reports, technical guidelines and research.

Harvard Coronavirus Resource Centre, Harvard University (USA)
Website aggregating news and publications on COVID-19, including podcasts, helpful links, and tips on staying safe for the general public.

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre, Johns Hopkins University (USA)
Website offering information on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 prevention strategies, recent research and an interactive map of current global epidemiological trends.

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health, SAMHSA (USA)
Tips For social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak.

BCCDC’s information page on COVID-19, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (Canada)
Provides basic information to the public on novel coronavirus and how COVID-19, the illness it causes, can spread, recognizing symptoms, what to do to protect yourself and others, what to do if you feel ill, pets and other questions.

BC Government’s COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool, British Columbia Government (Canada)
This symptom-checker allows you to evaluate your own symptoms to see whether you require a test. The British Columbia government is offering tests only to select persons at present. The page also offers guidance on what to do if you are feeling ill.

How to self-isolate, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (Canada)
General guidance for self-isolating for those who have COVID-19 or respiratory symptoms.
COVID-19: Harm reduction and overdose response, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (Canada)
Harm reduction tips for people who use drugs, including safer drug use including how to buddy up safely, isolating yourself safely, and cleaning tips for those using or living in communal spaces.

Guidance for people who use substances on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Yale Program in Addiction Medicine, GHJP, and Crackdown Podcast (USA/Canada)

Detailed information for PWUD on how to be prepared to face COVID-19 and how to avoid infection while using drugs.

Transform Drug Policy Foundation’s page on Coronavirus and Harm Reduction, Transform Drug Policy (UK)
Practical, general advice for people who use drugs on how to avoid contracting COVID-19 and minimizing risks of infection while using or in contexts where using may take place.

Coronavirus – General hygiene and harm reduction tips, Crew 2000 (Scotland)
General facts on coronavirus, tips for people using drugs on how to stay well and avoid harm when obtaining drugs, during use as well as afterward (managing withdrawal). Specific pointers for sex workers as well.

Safer drug use during the COVID-19 outbreak, from Harm Reduction Coalition/Vital Strategies (USA)
General information on COVID019 prevention and symptoms, what to do if sick, and harm reduction/safer drug use tips.
COVID-19: Harm reduction and overdose response, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (Canada)
Harm reduction tips for people who use drugs, including safer drug use including how to buddy up safely, isolating yourself safely, and cleaning tips for those using or living in communal spaces.

Syringe services and Harm Reduction provider operations during the COVID-19 outbreak, Harm Reduction Coalition/Vital Strategies (USA)
General information on COVID-19 and coronavirus and tips for community-based syringe services and harm reduction providers, including preparation of staff, planning ahead, guidance on using personal protective equipment.

Guidance for preventive and responsive measures to coronavirus for jails, prisons, immigration and detention and youth facilities, Vera Institute of Justice/COCHS (USA)
Advice for prevention and containment of COVID-19 in the criminal and immigration legal systems.

Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan for and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Centers for Disease Control (USA)
Advice for services working with people experiencing homelessness to plan for, prevent, communicate about, providing assistance to people affected by, and evaluating response plans for COVID-19.
COVID-19: Information for Opioid Agonist Treatment Prescribers and Pharmacists, BC Centre on Substance Use (Canada)
Updated guidance for OAT prescribers and pharmacists in BC.

BC Pharmacists’ Association Novel Coronavirus page, BC Pharmacists’ Association (Canada)
Provides guidance to pharmacy professionals on providing refills, emergency supplies of prescription drugs for continuity of care, delivery and pickup (including of Opioid Agonist Therapy), pharmacare coverage and other questions.

FAQ - Subsection 56(1) Class Exemption for Patients, Practitioners and Pharmacists Prescribing and Providing Controlled Substances in Canada during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Health Canada (Canada)

Backgrounder on Health Canada’s short-term subsection 56(1) exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act authorizing pharmacists to prescribe, sell, or provide controlled substances in limited circumstances, or transfer prescriptions for controlled substances.

CDSA Exemption and Interpretive Guide for Controlled Substances, Health Canada (Canada)

Guidance outlining temporary exemptions for prescriptions of controlled substances. Where allowed according to provincial or territorial scopes of practice, pharmacists are now permitted to extend, transfer, issue verbal orders for or deliver prescriptions of controlled substances including narcotics, controlled substances, and targeted drugs, to patients’ homes or other places where they may be self-isolating.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) resources for First Nations community health care providers, First Nations Health Authority (Canada)

List of resources for FNHA staff on case management, infection prevention & control, cleaning, and personal protective equipment.

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