First published: 07/04/2020 | Last updated: April 7th, 2020

Useful coronavirus (COVID-19) links

Updated 7 April 2020

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. We will update this page as information comes in but if you know of any useful resources that we have not listed, please contact us.


National guidance:

NHS guidance on coronavirus: click here

Information from the UK government: click here

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

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

Royal Society for Public Health Statement on coronavirus: click here

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

Guidance on coronavirus in pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: click here

Information from the government of Ireland: click here

EU guidance on coronavirus: click here

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


Treatment services:

Collective Voice has a page of information and links for treatment services, including information on CQC inspections: click here

Adfam: click here

Alcoholics Anonymous (along with contact details for enquiries about meetings): click here

Care Grow Live (CGL) has an advice page for people who use their services: click here

Humankind: click here

Narcotics Anonymous UK: click here

We Are With You treatment services: click here

Guidance for psychiatrists working in mental health settings from the Royal College of Psychiatrists: click here 

Regularly updated resources from collective voice: click here

Information on homelessness and coronavirus from Homeless Link: click here

The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association on monitoring coronavirus in Australia: click here

Guidance for alcohol services from Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems: click here for PDF

Advice for pharmacists from The Pharmaceutical Journal: click here

Guidance from the American Society of Addiction Medicine: click here

Guidance on supporting communities from the Australian Alcohol and Drug Foundation: click here

The Royal College of Psychiatrists set has up a new website on coronavirus and mental health: click here 

International Drug Policy Consortium: resources and information for those working in or managing residential rehabs – available in both English and Spanish: click here

Letter from the Home Secretary to the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) relaxing regulations on prescribing controlled drugs: click here

Scottish Government announces extra support for people affected by alcohol and drug use during the coronavirus pandemic: click here


Harm reduction advice:

Guidance from the Scottish Drugs Forum on contingency planning for people who use drugs: click here

Talking Drugs: click here

The Harm Reduction Coalition: click here

UISCE resources from Ireland: click here

From Transform: click here

A briefing from the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health: click here

Resources from the European Harm Reduction Networks: click here

Support from Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs: click here for supportclick here for FAQs

Harm reduction advice from US based Dovetail: click here

The US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on how coronavirus might affect people who use drugs: click here

Alcohol Change UK: includes tips for managing drinking, links to support, and guidance for professionals: click here

DDN (Drink and Drug News): essential harm reduction advice on coronavirus through a comprehensive leaflet: click here

Canadian Drug Policy Coalition coronavirus harm reduction resource – insight and guidance on best practices for people who use drugs and healthcare providers: click here

ADFAM  10 top tips for family members that are staying at home (pdf) and  6 Ideas for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing (pdf)

Cochrane Library Special Collection on effective options for quitting smoking during the pandemic: click here

Coronavirus resources from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) for people who use drugs and for drug service providers: click here

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) suggestions about treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with drug use disorder in the context of coronavirus: click here


Other resources:

A course about coronavirus from Future Learn: click here

Data from the ONS about coronavirus, employment and home working: click here

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Online Lecture Series on coronavirus: click here

Impacts of coronavirus on substance use in Canada. The Canadian Centre on Substance use and Addiction (CCSA) web page featuring sites and articles around the world as well as original publications from CCSA: click here

Resources from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) about coronavirus: click here



The Lancet has created a coronavirus Resource Centre. This resource brings together new coronavirus content from across The Lancet journals as it is published and is free to access: click here

British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (Canada) coronavirus resources: click here

A report from Imperial College London on the global impact of coronavirus: click here

A new study from UCL into the psychological and social effects of coronavirus: click here

All call for experts from the Knowledge Exchange Unit, UK parliament: click here

BMJ Tobacco Control: resources, research and news about coronavirus and smoking, vaping and other tobacco products: click here

Coronavirus: the science explained. This website from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will be regularly updated with the latest science information behind the coronavirus outbreak: click here

From Public Health England (PHE): emerging evidence from China shows smokers with coronavirus are 14 times more likely to develop severe respiratory disease: click here

The March issue of Health Research Board Library newsletter contains Irish and international resources on coronavirus: click here


News and opinion:

Statnews in the US on the implications for methadone programmes: click here

A BMJ blog by Ian Hamilton about the harms for vulnerable people: click here

A BMJ blog on the role of smoking cessation during respiratory virus epidemics: click here

An article from Forbes about US treatment services: click here

How to spot coronavirus fake news – an expert guide from The Conversation: click here

BMJ blog on water-pipes and tobacco: click here

A Tobacco Control blog about smoking and coronavirus: click here

Alcohol and the Outbreak – Challenges and Solutions. Listen to a discussion about how to respond to the radically new conditions coronavirus creates for those working to reduce alcohol harm: click here

Smokeless tobacco use and the coronavirus pandemic Dr Arjun  Singh and Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi discuss smokeless tobacco use and the spread of the disease: click here

The Converstaion: how coronavirus is changing the market for illegal drugs: click here

Addiction Editorial: mitigating and learning from the impact of COVID‐19 infection on addictive disorders: click here

The tobacco industry in the time of COVID-19: time to shut it down? BMJ Tobacco Control editorial:

Mental Elf Blog: Cheers Covid-19: Will we consume more alcohol during this crisis? click here


Non addiction specific resources

A BMJ blog on trust and expertise on social media: click here

The European Medicines Agency warns about buying unregistered medicines: click here

A statment from the Irish Medical Organisation and the Irish College of General Practitioners on testing protocols: click here

Could location-tracking apps stop coronavirus? click here



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