COVID-19

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.

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Covid-19 Health Literacy Project

Source: Harvard Medical School, Harvard Health Publishing

The Covid-19 Health Literacy Project of Harvard Medical School published Covid-19 fact sheets in 30+ languages.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance for Clinicians

Source: Yale Program in Addiction Medicine

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.

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Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19

Source: Yale Program in Addiction Medicine

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.

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Safer Drug Use During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Source: Harm Reduction Coalition

This 2 page guide for patients and caregivers provides harm reduction strategies for people who use drugs during the Covid-19 public health emergency.

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COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Programs

Source: Harm Reduction Coalition

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.

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Telerecovery Guide and SOP

Source: Unity Recovery

This guide from the Unity Recovery organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania provides detailed information on engaging in peer recovery supports through digital technology.

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COVID-19 Resources for Recovery Residences, Residents and Staff Members

Source: National Alliance for Recovery Residences

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/.

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Oregon Recovery Network

Source: Oregon Recovery Network

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

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State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

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:

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