COVID-19 and addiction: webinars, podcasts and online discussions

First published: 22/05/2020 | Last updated: January 21st, 2021

In these unprecedented times there is a need to learn about the emerging evidence on COVID-19. Listed below are upcoming and recorded webinars, podcasts, and discussions on COVID-19 from organisations working in the addictions sector.


United Kingdom

King’s College London Our Sick Society Podcast: Episode 4: ‘Recovery and Lockdown’

SMMGP / APA / Inclusion webinar: The pandemic nine months on: what lessons have drug and alcohol services learned? Monday 14th December at 12.30pm

PHE Homeless Outreach & COVID-19: National Stakeholder Webinar 15 December 2020, 10-11.30 am

Drug Science interview with Adam Winstock  on ‘How has Covid affected drug use’?

Medical Council on Alcohol Webinar:  MCA Alcohol and Covid

ASH in collaboration with Fresh, hosted a webinar on the importance of public health to COVID-19 recovery, including tobacco, obesity and alcohol. Listen here

Neurosight and Students for Safer Drug Policy webinar, 16 Sept 16:00 – 18:00 BST,  for University staff ; discussing their recent drug use survey and how COVID-19 has impacted on their patterns of drug use

United for Global Mental Health webinar “Substance use & mental health: challenges, opportunities & first lessons during the COVID-19 outbreak” 1st Sep 2pm-3pm BST

Nursing in Practice – learning module on supporting smokers to quit for COVID

The Local Government Alliance Zoom webinar 27 July 10.30am-12.00pm Alcohol and COVID-19: tackling problem drinking after lockdown

BBC Newsnight 29 Oct 2020: Has lockdown had a positive impact on those with drug addiction?

BBC Tees  podcastDrugs in lockdown’ explores how drug use has changed

BBC World Service podcast, 2 men, in Africa and the US, talk about how they fought their addictions during early recovery in lockdown.

HCV Action webinar: Hepatitis C services during and beyond Covid-19 now available to watch online

COVID-19: Best practice for managing drug and alcohol problems – a joint RCGP and SMMGP webinar will be led by a panel of experts, giving support to GPs and healthcare professionals working with patients with drug and alcohol problems.

Scottish Drugs Forum is hosting a series of free webinars addressing the support of people with drug problems and the delivery of effective services that provide treatment and support, reduce harm and protect people from COVID-19.

Global Drug Survey Corona Conversations is a series of video interviews with experts around the world on how the current COVID-19 pandemic is having an effect on people who use drugs. These experts include drug policy analysts, harm reduction workers, front-line health care professionals and of course users themselves.

London School of Economics: Illicit Drugs during Covid-19 -how has COVID-19 affected some of the most vulnerable people in society? | LSE Research

Phil Cain: alcohol and the outbreak – challenges and solutions. Listen to a discussion about how to respond to the radically new conditions COVID-19 creates for those working to reduce alcohol harm: click here

Phil Cain upcoming online discussion: Alcohol and mental health Strategies for challenging times
September 25th, online, 1pm (UK time) experts will explore how reshaping our relationship with alcohol can help us manage better in difficult circumstances

Royal College of Psychiatrists: COVID-19 webinars for members. Each webinar will cover different aspects relating to COVID-19 care.

University of Edinburgh Usher Institute COVID-19 webinar series – COVID-19 and Tobacco, 21 May 2020

Fast Forward Scottish Youthwork charity Webinar: Gaming & Online Gambling Education with Young People with an opportunity to discuss concerns about the impact of the current COVID-19 outbreak 21 May 2020.

Alcohol and the Outbreak – Challenges and Solutions; Alcohol and the Outbreak 2 two online discussions led by Phil Cain exploring how to respond to the radically new and changing conditions COVID-19 creates for those working to reduce alcohol harm.

Club Soda Podcasts: How not to drink in isolation part 1, and how not to drink in isolation part 2.

Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) series of recordings focusing on multiple disadvantage and COVID-19 including substance misuse

COVID-19 and smoking – what you need to know: Twitter Quit Clinic 7.30pm to 8.30pm every day. Ask a question on Twitter to help you #QuitforCovid.

SMMGP FDAP  Webinar ( premium members) Covid-19 and drug and alcohol services: we are through the rescue phase, what’s next?  Thursday, 2 Jul 2020, 10:30am further information

Westminster Health Forum policy conference online 8 Dec 2020: Reducing alcohol dependence in the UK – latest thinking on service integration, marketing and public health messaging, and learning from the impact of COVID-19


Session on drug policy and Covid at the Paris Peace Forum 2020 listen here

The EMCDDA is running a series of webinars around the theme of COVID-19. The purpose of the webinars is to help those working in the drugs field understand how drug users, and those supporting them, are coping with the pandemic and to share knowledge and experience.

EMCDDA webinar: COVID-19 induced recession and drug-related problems on Wednesday 16 December 2020 (13.00-14.30 Brussels time)


North America

National Alcohol Forum Webinar | COVID-19 and Alcohol Policy : February 10, 2021 Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., EST

National Alcohol Forum / CCSA Webinar| The Effects of COVID-19  on Alcohol Sales, Consumption and Harms February 2, 2021 Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., EST

Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) : Substance Use Disorder Care: Pandemic and Beyond video

CCSA /CCDUS Upcoming Webinars:  Mental Health and Addiction Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic November 30, 2020, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST. Register here and The Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health and Substance Use in Youth December 2, 2020, 1 – 2 p.m. EST. Register here

Drug Policy Alliance webinar Sept 8 at 6pm EST – Global drug market shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic: preliminary findings from the Global Drug Survey

UVic’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and SFU/BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Webinar: “Mitigating risk of COVID-19 and overdose among people who use drugs: A BC-wide evaluation” 3pm PST Wednesday, September 2

British Columbia BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) Webinars: COVID-19, Substance Use, and Safer Supply

CCSA Implications of COVID-19 Webinar Series

ISAM Webinar Series on COVID-19 and SUD: A Global Perspective on Challenges and Solutions

The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals Webinar Series: Mental Health and COVID-19

American Society Addiction of Medicine COVID-19 Resources has created a collection of educational resources addressing guidance for addiction medicine treatment within the context of the COVID-19

National Academy of Medicine and American Society of Addiction Medicine webinar: Helping People with Addiction Stay Connected During COVID-19 explores access to addiction treatment and targeted guidance on how to effectively keep patients connected to treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alcohol and COVID-19: A Dangerous Mix webinar from American Public Health Association discusses some of the state and national changes in alcohol availability as a result of COVID-19.

Middle East

UNODC transregional (Middle East and North Africa) Online Training to Support People Who Use Drugs during COVID 19


National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Drug use during COVID-19: New study paints an interesting picture 9 July 2020

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Global drug market shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic  17 Sept 2020

Please Explain podcast: Why are Australians gambling more in lockdown?


By Christine Goodair



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