This page contains the latest COVID-19 related links as of 13 May 2020. To access the full catalogue of addiction related COVID-19 resources collected since late March 2020 click here 

Compiled by Christine Goodair



COVID-19: advice from Public Health England (PHE) on stopping drinking for people dependent on alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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

Tobacco control during the COVID-19 pandemic: how we can help – a statement from the Head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Convention Secretariat, Dr Adriana Blanco Marquizo.


Treatment Services

Redesigning Addiction and Recovery Services in a COVID-19 World (USA).


Harm Reduction

The British HIV Association has produced a list of HIV organisations providing support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Provision of needle and syringe exchange programmes during the COVID-19 lock-down.

Gambling Research Exchange Ontario: resources for safer gambling during COVID-19.


Research/ Briefings/Evidence

Addiction Journal Bibliography on COVID-19 and addiction.

Public health messaging and harm reduction in the time of COVID-19 (Lancet correspondence).

Alcohol & Drug Foundation, Australia -‘Changing your drinking habits’: find out about the six signs that home isolation could be having an impact on your drinking.

Open versus closed: the risks associated with retail liquor stores during COVID-19. A briefing from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) (in French and English).

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug addiction (EMCDDA) special report: COVID-19 and drugs – drug supply via darknet markets.


Blogs/Opinion/ Editorials

Annals of Internal Medicine. When epidemics collide: COVID-19 and the opioid crisis.

Drug Science. From Ebola to COVID-19. Is all nicotine bad nicotine? An epidemiologist’s reflections.

Drinking Studies Network. Does COVID-19 mean alcohol is now considered a drug?

Recovery Review. Redesigning addiction and recovery services in a COVID-19 (USA).

BMJ Blog. How are we assisting our most disadvantaged during COVID-19?

CASAT On Demand (USA). Behavioural health resources – COVID-19.



NHS employers website most recent updates to COVID-19 guidance for workforce leaders include guidance on deploying medical students, deploying returning doctors, overseas recruitment, and death in service benefits. The complete collection of workforce guidance can be found here.



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