CDSA Exemption and Interpretive Guide for Controlled Substances

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Guidance & Guidelines

COVID-19: Responding to Overdoses in OPS and SCS

January 14, 2022

Intimate partner violence, substance use, and COVID-19

April 20, 2021

Reducing transmission of respiratory illness through improved indoor air quality

February 24, 2021

Overdose prevention and response during COVID-19

July 21, 2020

Medications and clinical approaches to support physical distancing for PWUD

July 4, 2020

Supporting people who use drugs in acute care settings during COVID-19

July 3, 2020

Reducing COVID-19 Spread in Recovery Programs & Treatment Services

July 2, 2020

Telemedicine support for addiction services

July 2, 2020

Harm Reduction and COVID-19 Guidance for Service Providers

June 24, 2020

Supporting people who use drugs in shelter settings during COVID‐19

June 1, 2020

Changes to drug supply, access to services and resulting health harms

May 28, 2020

Strategies for a gender-inclusive response to COVID-19

May 3, 2020

How to make cloth face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19

April 28, 2020

COVID-19 Stimulant Use and Harm Reduction

April 25, 2020

Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons

April 6, 2020

Operations Manual: COVID-19 Management in Housing

April 6, 2020

Sex and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

April 1, 2020

Risk Mitigation in the Context of Duel Public Health Emergencies

March 31, 2020

COVID-19 and Ceremonial Spiritual Practices

March 31, 2020

Safer Drinking Tips During COVID-19

March 31, 2020

COVID-19: Advice for People Who Use Drugs

March 30, 2020

Shelters & Drop-Ins (General & COVID-19/Alberta Contexts)

March 27, 2020

COVID-19: Information for OAT Prescribers and Pharmacists

March 27, 2020

Prescriber Guidelines Risk Mitigation in Dual Public Health Emergencies

March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Protocol for Aerosol-Generating Medical Procedures

March 26, 2020

COVID-19 HIV Services for People Who Use Drugs

March 25, 2020

VCH COVID-19 Resources for Staff Working with Vulnerable Populations

March 24, 2020

What People Living with HIV Need to Know About HIV and COVID-19

March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Safety Tips & Harm Reduction

March 21, 2020

Planning Checklist for Homeless and Housing Services Providers

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Guidelines for Sex Workers, Clients, 3rd Parties

March 20, 2020

Harm Reduction Tips During Corona Virus

March 20, 2020

COVID-19: Harm Reduction and Overdose Response

March 19, 2020

Guidance on Contingency Planning for People who use Drugs and COVID-19

March 19, 2020

VCH Safer Use Strategies to Avoid the Risk of COVID-19

March 19, 2020

Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Homeless Service Providers

March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance for Clinicians & Opioid Treatment Programs

March 18, 2020

Guidance for People Who Use Substances During COVID-19

March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Drugs

March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance for Harm Reduction Programs

March 18, 2020


Drug decriminalization as a necessary response to COVID-19

Immediately Withdraw Unjust and Unfair COVID-19 Fines Issued to Ottawa Residents

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

Statement on COVID-19 and criminalization (CCRHC)

OPEN LETTER: Protecting people who use drugs in Manitoba during COVID-19

OPEN LETTER: Urgent action required to ensure the equitable application of public health protections to vulnerable British Columbians

Sex workers must not be left behind in the response to COVID-19

Civil Society Statement on COVID-19 and People who use Drugs (INPUD)

Flatten Inequality: Human Rights in the Age of COVID-19

Contain COVID, Not People: No One is Disposable

Global Sign-on: Civil Society Statement on COVID-19 and People who use Drugs

Open Letter: Decriminalization Safe Supply COVID-19 – March 27

Harm Reduction Must Go On: Position of European Harm Reduction Networks on COVID-19

HIV Justice Worldwide Steering Committee Statement on COVID-19 Criminalization

Open Letter to BC Ministry of Health; Mental Health & Addictions; Housing; Poverty Reduction

Letter to Minister Elliott regarding COVID-19's impact on the opioid overdose crisis

Open Letter re: COVID-19 pandemic measures for vulnerable populations

Harm Reduction Must Go On: Position of European Harm Reduction Networks on COVID-19

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