Health Canada toolkit: COVID-19 and substance use

Cases of COVID-19 and the related physical distancing measures designed to prevent the spread of the virus can compound harms from the ongoing overdose crisis in Canada.

People who use drugs or have a substance use disorder face increased risks related to COVID-19, including:


Various rules apply when providing medication for substance use disorder treatment or as a pharmaceutical-grade alternative to the toxic street supply in Canada. This toolkit provides information to:

This toolkit includes:

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Pandemic Prescribing Guidance

Letter from the Minister of Health regarding treatment and safer supply

General Safer Supply Information

COVID-19 General Substance Use Treatment Guidance

COVID-19 General Substance Use Resource Compilation

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