The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on both personal substance use and the conditions under which substances are used. COVID-19 has altered the availability of social connections and supports for people who use substances, the stability of the drug supply, and the frequency of personal substance use, among other effects. (CCSA, 2020; OHRN, 2020) As a result, many organizations have moved to create substance use resources specific to the context of the pandemic. This page features some of these resources.
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Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People Who Use Substances: What We Heard
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)
Report | Published: 2020
Supporting People Who Use Substances in Acute Care Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic: National Rapid Guidance
Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM)
Guide | Published: 2021
How Ontario Harm Reduction Programs are Adapting to COVID-19
Ontario Harm Reduction Network (OHRN)
Background document | Published: 2020