COVID-19: national guidance (links)

First published: 22/05/2020 | Last updated: August 3rd, 2020


National guidance:

NHS guidance on COVID-19: click here

Information from the UK government: click here

Advice for people who may have COVID-19 from Public Health England (PHE): click here


National Guidance A-Z

American Psychiatry Association webpage of guidance from the government at both the federal and state levels, plus information about working with patients with substance use disorders

EU guidance on COVID-19: click here

General Pharmaceutical Council update on new legislation relating to controlled drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic: click here

Irish government: information on COVID-19 from the government of Ireland: click here

Irish National Social Inclusion Office: guidance documents and resources about COVID-19 and addiction: click here

Justice Innovation: new practice briefing ‘Family Drug and Alcohol Courts under Covid-19’

The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT)  guidance on delivering behavioural support and supply of NRT remotely, to help services adapt to the COVID-19 restrictions

Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research, Canada: Impacts of COVID-19 on people with pre-existing substance use and addictions – quick response report focusing on the impact of mitigation on non-COVID populations

NHS Speciality Guide – Clinical guide for the management of people with alcohol dependence during the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF): click here

PHE: COVID-19 advice on stopping drinking for people dependent on alcohol during COVID-19 pandemic: click here

PHE: COVID-19: advice  for people who smoke or vape during the COVID-19 outbreak

PHE: COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol updated 31st July

PHE: new advice (29 March) for the public on the mental health and well-being aspects of COVID-19 with information for people with specific mental health problems and on getting help in a crisis: click here

PHE Operational advice for alcohol, drugs and nicotine in emergency accommodation for people experiencing rough sleeping

Release, a UK based advice service on drugs and drug law, has outlined advice for people who use drugs: click here

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: guidance on COVID-19 in pregnancy: click here

Royal College of Psychiatrists COVID-19: Working with  vulnerable patients

Royal Society for Public Health Statement on COVID-19: click here

Scottish Drug Foundation Updated guidance for contingency planning for services during COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence: COVID-19 guide for drug and alcohol residential rehab and detox services aims to provide specific and useful information for dealing with COVID-19

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction new resources – report  ‘Methamphetamine, the Respiratory System and COVID-19’ infographic ‘Methamphetamine, Cocaine and #COVID-19 Health Risks’

UK government: COVID-19 guidance for commissioners and service providers for those dependent on drugs or alcohol: click here

UK government: guidance on COVID-19 testing for front-line workers who are self-isolating: click here

UK government: guidance on school closures in the UK, including a list of those considered to be key staff. This includes NHS staff and health and social care staff including volunteers: click here

UK Parliament: The Misuse of Drugs (Coronavirus) (Amendments Relating to the Supply of Controlled Drugs During a Pandemic etc.) Regulations 2020: Written statement  UK Parliament: click here

UN: Statement by the UN expert on the right to health on the protection of people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic: click here

US Government for the latest COVID-19 updates: click here 

WHO: Tobacco control during the COVID-19 pandemic: how we can help Statement from the Head of the WHO Convention Secretariat, Dr Adriana Blanco Marquizo: click here

WHO statement: Tobacco use and COVID-19



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