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

First published: 22/05/2020 | Last updated: August 7th, 2020

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

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

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

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


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.


North America

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


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


By Christine Goodair



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