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COVID-19 Resources

This web page contains information and resources related to harm reduction and overdose response in the context of COVID-19.

Information on COVID-19

Harm Reduction

  • Outreach & Supply Distribution
  • Substance Use
      Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19

      This PDF Resource provides information for People Who Use Substances and was created through collaboration of the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine, Global Health Justice Partnership, and Crackdown.

      Safer Alcohol Use

      This resource relates to safer alcohol use in the context of COVID-19. 

      COVID-19, Alcohol and Cannabis Use

      The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction has developed this resource which outlines potential risks from alcohol and cannabis use during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how alcohol and cannabis use can affect the immune system and how measures such as physical distancing can increase alcohol and cannabis use.

       

      COVID-19 and Cannabis Smoking and Vaping: Four Things You Should Know

      Developed by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, topics covered in this resource include the potential impact of smoking or vaping cannabis on lung health, the potential impact on the immune system, how it can have an impact on people infected with COVID-19 and guidance for reducing harms.

       

       

  • Sex
      COVID-19 and Sex

      This webpage, developed by the BCCDC provides some guidance about sex, precautions to take, and how to continue accessing sexual health services.

      COVID-19: Guidance for Sex Workers

      The BCCDC and the Ministry of Health recognize that many sex workers will continue to meet clients in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic and have developed this guidance document with a harm reduction lense to help reduce the risks associated with in-person contact in order to keep workers and clients as safe as possible.

Overdose Response

Safer Supply

  • Safer Supply Resources
      BCCSU Interim Clinical Guidance for COVID-19

      The Province of British Columbia with the BC Centre on Substance Use, issued interim guidance titled Risk Mitigation: in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies. This was developed for people who use substances to enable physical distancing and self-isolation measures, to reduce and prevent spread of COVID-19.

      Refer to the BC Centre on Substance Use for other resources including guidance for prescribers and pharmacists, webinars and future resources.

      Toolkit for Prescribers

      This toolkit, developed by Health Canada, includes a number of resources that help to provide clarity regarding the rules that apply for substance use disorder treatment or providing a pharmaceutical grade alternative to the toxic street supply in Canada, in the context of COVID-19.

      The toolkit documents can be accessed from this Dropbox Link

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