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Human Rights, Health. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources and information

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a global challenge whose ramifications are serious and difficult to accurately predict. Communities targeted by the "war on drugs", living in situations of vulnerability, experiencing exclusion, stigmatisation and criminalisation, will bear a differentiated and disproportionate burden of the negative consequences associated with the pandemic. Below, you will find a thematic list of information and guidance resources that we will continue to update in the coming weeks as a means to promote resilience and solidarity. 

Versions of this page are also available in Spanish and French

IDPC – International Drug Policy Consortium, UK)


Nature Briefing: Get a daily update on COVID-19, plus a selection of the most important non-coronavirus science news and insight.

Nature Briefing tracks down the best science journalism — from breaking news to fresh perspectives you may have missed. The newsletter provides a free daily update on COVID-19, plus a selection of the most important non-coronavirus science news and insight.


Kanada. British Columbia Centre on Substance Use: COVID-19 

The declaration on March 17, 2020 of a public health emergency related to COVID-19 means that British Columbia is now facing two concurrent crises: one, the rapidly escalating spread of the novel coronavirus and another, the ongoing opioid overdose crisis.

The BC Centre on Substance Use is working to respond to these dual public emergencies to help protect our communities at this very critical time. Below is a list of guidance, education and training, and other resources to support the response to COVID-19 amongst people who use substances.


Kanada. COVID-19: Information for Opioid Agonist Treatment Prescribers and Pharmacists
BC Centre on Substance Use , May 20, 2020 (originally published March 17, 2020)


UK. Coronavirus advice

Information, advice, and useful resources on coronavirus for treatment services, service users, and people who use drugs. (Drink and Drugs News, UK, 17.03.2020)


COVID-19 Resources for People Who Use Drugs and People Vulnerable to Structural Violence 

HRC – Harm Reduction Coalition, USA, 2020


Bibliography on COVID-19 and Addiction  (SSA- Society fort he Study of Addiction, UK)

This downloadable document lists articles found in PubMed from searches on the given date involving addiction-related topics and COVID-19. (SSA- Society fort he Study of Addiction, UK, 14.05.2020)


UK. Useful coronavirus (COVID-19) links

Here is a list of links to information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) including national guidance, information for treatment services, harm reduction advice for people who use drugs, online courses and news and opinion. (SSA – Society for the Study of Addiction, UK, 29.04.2020)


USA. COVID-19 Resources for People Who Use Drugs and People Vulnerable to Structural Violence

HRC – Harm Reduction Coalition, USA, April 2020


Australien. Guidance for AOD services about COVID-19

Advice and a range of resources for local health district and non-government organisation (NGO) alcohol and other drug (AOD) services in managing your response to COVID-19. (New South Wales Government, Australien, März 2020)


USA. COVID-19 policy recommendations for OUD, pain, harm reduction

(AMA - American Medical Association, März 2020)


Kanada. Impacts of COVID-19 on Substance Use

CCSA is the go-to place in Canada for trusted information on COVID-19 and substance use. We have put together a suite of resources from websites and organizations from around the world, as well publications from our own experts. (CCSA – Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction, Kanada, März 2020)


USA. AddictionTreatment Forum - COVID-19 Resources


EMCDDA. COVID-19 resources page for people who use drugs (PWUD) and drug service providers

On this page, the EMCDDA has compiled examples of advice being issued to people who use drugs and service providers by some national bodies and different associations, networks and NGOs. This page is being continuously updated. If you discover any out-of-date links or if you know of other links that could be included, please let us know at this address: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!


EASL. COVID-19 and the liver

This page is designed to provide you with an array of useful resources including articles, accounts from healthcare professionals, calls for abstracts and statements related to COVID-19 and the liver. (EASL - European Association for the Study of the Liver, 03.04.2020)


ASAM – American Society of Addiction Medicine. COVID 19 Resources 

We realize that many providers and programs are trying to mitigate circumstances related to COVID-19. We have convened the ASAM Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 (CPDC) Task Force. The Task Force includes a national panel of experts that are recognized in the field of addiction medicine. They are rapidly producing comprehensive resources tailored to addiction medicine treatment within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. (ASAM - American Society of Addiction Medicine, USA)


Amnesty International. Cornoavirus und Menschenrechte

Das Virus «COVID-19» betrifft uns alle, weltweit. Es sorgt für viel Leid und verunsichert die Menschen. Es bringt aber auch Menschen zusammen − wenn auch nicht physisch, so doch durch viel Solidarität und gegenseitige Unterstützung. Auf dieser Seite erhalten Sie Mitteilungen von Amnesty International, Recherchen und Publikationen mit Bezug zur weltweiten Pandemie, über die menschenrechtlichen Auswirkungen. (Amnesty International


Schweiz. Covid-19-Information in 16 Sprachen
Das Coronavirus betrifft uns alle - auch die fremdsprachigen Menschen in der Schweiz. Deshalb hat das Schweizerische Rote Kreuz die Informationen in 15 Sprachen übersetzt und eine multilinguale Plattform aufgebaut.


Schweiz. Coronavirus - COVID-19: Newsticker von Infodrog
Die aktuelle Lage in Zusammenhang mit dem Coronavirus betrifft uns alle, auch die Fachleute und Betroffenen im Suchtbereich. Infodrog hat einen Newsticker für den Suchtbereich eingerichtet, damit Sie die relevanten Informationen zur Situation auf einen Blick finden.

UK. SSA Useful coronavirus (COVID-19) links

Society for the Study of Addiction, UK,März 2020


EMCDDA. New COVID-19 hub page 

A new COVID-19 hub page on the EMCDDA website brings together a selection of resources on the disease and its impact on people who use drugs and those providing services to them. The resources include: publications, news material, documents and external links. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, März 2020)


International Drug Policy Consortium. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources and information
Das Internationel Drug Policy Consortium bietet eine internationale Übersicht zu den wichtigsten Themen und Fragen rund um die Corona Krise: People who use drugs, Harm reduction provision, Human rights, People living with HIV, Rough sleeping, homelessness, shelters, Prison settings.


Transform/UK. Coronavirus and drug harm reduction
(Transform, Drug Poliy Foundation, UK, März 2020)


Kanada. COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources 

As two public health crises collide, we’re gathering insight and guidance on best practices for people who use drugs and healthcare providers. (CDPC- Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Kanada, März 2020)


USA. John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center


European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

An agency of the European Union, Stockholm/Schweden


Europa. Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network: COVID-19 Resource Centre

To support people who use drugs and other marginalized and underserved communities, as well as health and social workers delivering services under challenging conditions to bring this outbreak to a close, Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network is developing this Coronavirus Resource Centre. (21.03.2020)


Coronavirus – wir informieren in mehreren Sprachen

Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration

Die Informationen werden laufend erweitert und aktualisiert (Stand: 19.03.2020 – 14:30).