UPDATED May 5, 2020:
The COVID-19 public health emergency is particularly challenging for people in treatment for substance use disorder, people in recovery, and people who use drugs. This collection features educational resources that can be adapted for local settings, specific guidance on harm reduction, recovery housing and providing peer support services during the pandemic, and links to websites that provide high-quality information, data, and/or examples for local communities to adopt.
This collection includes:
- NEW! A toolkit from Montefiore Health System for maintaining patient access to treatment for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 national emergency
- A link to the COVID-19 Health Literacy Project at Harvard Medical School, which has published COVID-19 fact sheets in over 30 languages
- Seven publications from the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine that provide guidance on maintaining substance use disorder treatment during the COVID-19 public health emergency for the following audiences:
- A guide to harm reduction strategies during this crisis and a link to the Harm Reduction Coalition’s COVID-19 website
- A guide to providing peer recovery supports through digital technology from Unity Recovery in Philadelphia, PA
- A guide for recovery housing from the National Association of Recovery Residences
- A link to the COVID-19 response from Oregon Recovers, which may serve as an example for other state recovery organizations
- A link to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s COVID-19 resources page, which includes data and information on federal and state responses to the public health emergency
For updated information on federal COVID-19 response, please see the website www.coronavirus.gov. We also encourage readers to visit the websites of their state agencies for information about local responses and resources.
If you have educational materials, implementation guides, or toolkits that would help policy makers, health and treatment providers, or patients and caregivers address substance-related issues during this public health emergency, please consider submitting them to us through our call for submissions page.
The Covid-19 Health Literacy Project of Harvard Medical School published Covid-19 fact sheets in 30+ languages.
This 5 page guide from the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine for clinicians provides strategies for working with patients with addictions during the Covid-19 public health emergency.
This 9 page document from the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine provides guidance for hospital clinicians treating patients with substance use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This 3 page document from the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine provides guidance in managing the Covid-19 public health crisis for people who use drugs.
This 3 page patient guide addresses maintaining substance use disorder treatment during the Covid-19 public health emergency from the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine.
This 3 page Spanish language patient guide from the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine provides about maintaining substance use disorder treatment during the Covid-19 public health emergency.
This 3 page patient guide provides information specifically for youth on navigating substance use disorder SUD treatment during the Covid-19 public health emergency.
This 3 page Spanish language patient guide provides information specifically for youth on navigating substance use disorder (SUD) treatment during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
This 2 page guide for patients and caregivers provides harm reduction strategies for people who use drugs during the Covid-19 public health emergency.
This Harm Reduction Coalition web page provides guidance for people who use drugs for coping during the Covid-19 public health emergency. It includes Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic language versions of the information.
This guide from the Unity Recovery organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania provides detailed information on engaging in peer recovery supports through digital technology.
This document provides guidance for recovery housing during the COVID-19 pandemic from the National Alliance for Recovery Residences. This 4 page document includes information about the coronavirus, recommendations for residents, staff members and operators of recovery residences with links to relevant resources. Updated information can be found on their website: https://narronline.org/about-us/.
This website is the home of the Oregon Recovery Network’s Covid-19 response page. Oregon Recovers has created a centralized source of information on Covid-19 for the Oregon recovery community including
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Covid-19 resources page includes data and information on federal and state responses to the public health emergency. The site has data and charts summarizing the following: