Coronavirus advice


Information, advice, and useful resources on coronavirus for treatment services, service users, and people who use drugs.

Please send us any information you or your organisation might have produced, or any links to services and online resources that will help services and the people who use them stay safe at this difficult time.

Also please share any other updates or cheerful news you have, I think we could all use it!

Please email your news and updates to 

Quick Links to

Government information

Gov.UK: The latest advice from PHE and other government agencies on COVID19 as well as specific information for healthcare professionals, residential treatment settings, rough sleepers and criminal justice settings. Link.

NHS England: The latest general information on COVID19. Link.

DDN News

Uncharted waters:  The coronavirus outbreak is transforming almost every aspect of our society at dizzying speed. DDN looks at the impact so far on treatment services and their vulnerable client groups. Link

Tips for the home teacher: With many more weeks of home schooling to go, Becky Cranham’s tips might save your sanity…Link.

Advice on the new legal guidelines around children in care during the coronavirus pandemic. Link.

A comprehensive advice sheet for people who use drugs during the coronavirus outbreak has been prepared by EuroNPUD, INPUD and Respect Drug User Rights. Link.

Categorise people dependent on drugs as high-risk population, government urged. Link.

Drug and alcohol treatment staff are included in the government definition of key workers whose children can still attend school during the coronavirus outbreak. Read the story and download a template letter for schools Link.

Government’s coronavirus advice on protecting rough sleepers ‘inadequate’, says Crisis. Read the story Link.

Government announces £3.2m emergency funds for rough sleepers. Read the story Link.


UK Map of drug treatment servicesService Updates

Build on Belief: An update on service closure and contact details for online and phone support. Link.

CAIS: Covid-19 service update. Link.

Calico (Delphi/Acorn): Statement from Chief Executive regarding services and COVID-19. Link.

Change Grow Live: Information for staff and users of Change Grow Live services. Link. Users of the Spectrum service in Herts can find information on local services and download an update here.

Changing Lives: Response from CEO Stephen Bell. Link.

Collective Voice: An updating page with resources and information for treatment providers and services. Link.

Cranstoun: Service access updates. Link.

EDP: How we are working to support all our service users. Link.

Forward Trust: Looking after our staff and service users during the coronavirus pandemic. Link. 

Humankind: Information for staff and users of Humankind’s services. Link.

Homeless Link: Service Update. Link.

Kaleidoscope: Service updates and online support. Link.

NHSSMPA: Coronavirus: A Time to Bring Down Organisational Barriers, a statement from the chair. Link.

Phoenix Futures: A guide for individuals on safety when visiting services. Link.

Red Rose Recovery: Service updates and contacts. Link.

Turning Point: Service updates. Link.

We are with you: Information for staff and users of We are with you services. Link.

WDP: Message to service users about Covid19. Link.


Other Resources and Information

Alcohol Health Alliance UK: Online resources for alcohol addiction recovery during the coronavirus. Link.

Harm reduction advice around covid19Community Channels Scotland: support and ideas for community responses to COVID-19. Link.

CQC: Routine inspections suspended in response to coronavirus outbreak. Link.

Canadian Drug Policy Coalition: Insight and guidance on best practices for people who use drugs and healthcare providers. Link. 

Findings: How can needle exchange services and opioid substitution therapy be safeguarded in the midst of a novel viral outbreak? Link.

EMCDDA: The implications of COVID-19 for people who use drugs (PWUD) and drug service providers. Link. 

EuroNPUD/INPUD: Practical information to help manage our health and drug use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Link.

Release: Downloadable ‘essential journey cards’ to use if people need to leave the house to pick up medication or harm reduction equipment, and other resources. Also surveying the impact of the criss on the drugs market.  Link. 

Red Rose Recovery: View and take part in discussions in the LUF Lounge. Link.

Royal College of Psychiatrists: Information for psychiatrists and other professionals working in mental health settings (COVID-19) Link.

SDF: Guidance on contingency planning for people who use drugs and COVID-19. Link. 

Talking Drugs: Advice for people who use drugs. Link.

Transform Drug Policy Foundation: Harm reduction advice and basic precautions to reduce these risks of COVID-19 infection for drug users. Link.

UNODC: HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for people who use drugs, and people in prison. Link.



Online Support on computer monitorOnline Support

Alcoholics Anonymous UK: Links to online meetings. Link.

Breaking Free are making their online services free for substance misuse organisations to help manage self isolation and social distancing during COVID-19. Link.

Broadway Lodge: Catch up with their new podcast. Link.

Cocaine Anonymous: Online meetings. Link.

DrinkCoach: Online support and advice for people worried about their drinking. Link.

Global Drug Survey: Corona Conversations is a series of video interviews with experts around the world on how the current COVID19 pandemic is having an effect on people who use drugs. Link.

Homeless Link: Several free webinars and free online training Link.

Narcotics Anonymous: Links to local online meetings. Link.

Smart Recovery: Links to online meetings.Link.

Please email any information or resources that you think would be useful to

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