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SUPPORT: Open Toronto Hotels to Shelter People Who Are Homeless During COVID-19 Pandemic
Letter to Urge the City of Toronto to Immediately Open Hotels to Shelter People Who Are Homeless and Prevent Deaths Related to COVID-19
Open Letter: Decriminalization Safe Supply COVID-19 – March 27
These guidelines must not be interim and must be rapidly expanded to other jurisdictions.
HIV Justice Worldwide Steering Committee Statement on COVID-19 Criminalization
Communicable diseases are public health issues, not criminal issues: what we have learnt from the HIV response
Open Letter to BC Ministry of Health; Mental Health & Addictions; Housing; Poverty Reduction
Twelve Points for Action to Prevent and Manage COVID 19 for People who are Homeless/At Risk of Homelessness and People who use Drugs
Letter to Minister Elliott regarding COVID-19's impact on the opioid overdose crisis
"We affirm the importance of these services and remain committed to providing essential supports to communities that face surmountable barriers in accessing health care."
Harm Reduction Must Go On: Position of European Harm Reduction Networks on COVID-19
The Correlation European Harm Reduction Network and the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association published a joint position on the continuity of harm reduction services during the COVID-19 crisis.
Open Letter re: COVID-19 pandemic measures for vulnerable populations
Jenny Kwan - "With community transmission occurring, there should be immediate action to protect vulnerable people."
URGENT APPEAL: Supporting people who use drugs and frontline workers during COVID-19
Caught in the crosshairs of this unprecedented disaster are people who use drugs and the frontline harm reduction and healthcare workers who support them
Crackdown Podcast - Episode 14: Emergency Measures
Governments are taking drastic measures to try to slow down the spread of #COVID-19 – declaring emergencies, shutting down businesses and sealing borders. But what about drug users?
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- Symptom self-assessment tool
- Prevention and risks
- Symptoms and treatment
- Outbreak statistics and number (Canada)
- Prevention tips
- Emergency response tracker by city
- COVID-19 Withdrawal Management Prescriber Guidelines
- VCH manual for staff and community working with vulnerable populations
- COVID-19 Crisis: Harm Reduction Resources for People who Use Drugs (INPUD)
- London, ON: COVID-19 supports available for London's most vulnerable
- Emergency services map for Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
- COVID Response: Food and shelter programs open in Vancouver
- BC CDC guidance for people who use substances
- Overdose Prevention Resource Line (Ontario) 1-888-853-8542
- (French) COVID-19 – Prévention pour les personnes qui consomment des substances psychoactives
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), HIV and hepatitis C: What you need to know
- Summary of COVID-19 Emergency funds
- Pandemic Preparedness and Homelessness: Lessons from H1N1 in Canada
- Pandemic Planning: How Can My Agency Prepare for the Potential Spread of Coronavirus?
- Homelessness and the Response to Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Lessons from SARS
- Vancouver Courier, March 27: ‘Safe supply’ of drugs good news in Vancouver, but is it only here for the pandemic?
- CKNW, March 27: Protecting residents of the DTES during the COVID-19 crisis
- VIA, March 24: DTES response launched to protect community from COVID-19
- Globe and Mail, March 26: COVID-19 pandemic pushes B.C. to move forward on safe take-home drug supply strategy
- The Conversation, March 26: How coronavirus is changing the market for illegal drugs
- Vancouver Sun, March 27: COVID-19: Safe-drug supplies part of package as Vancouver addresses Downtown Eastside
- Safe supply of drugs for DTES residents given green light by Canadian government, says Vancouver
- La Ronge shelter hangs by a thread amid COVID-19 crisis
- Increasing COVID-19 risks in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
- Advocates worry about spread of COVID-19 in the Downtown Eastside as cheque day brings out crowds
- Calgary relocating homeless from shelters to hotels in effort to limit coronavirus spread
- Overdose prevention, safe injection sites take extra precautions to mitigate COVID-19
- Supervised consumption sites scrambling to handle two public health crises at once
- Drugs Were Already Poisoned. Now COVID-19 Adds a New Threat
- East Hastings Street on DTES should be closed to help social distancing among homeless, advocate says
- Dwindling drug supply on DTES drives prices up, leaves users desperate as COVID-19 closes border
- Surviving Canada’s overdose crisis under the shadow of COVID-19
- Supervised injection sites short protective equipment amid outbreak
- For the homeless, the coronavirus crisis is untenable – but so is the social-distancing response
- Supervised Drug Use Will Move Online Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
- A safe supply for drug users may be the only way to head off an even greater coronavirus tragedy
- COVID-19 will worsen the opioid overdose crisis is we don't prepare now
- Calgary addictions services working quickly to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions
- Ottawa's opioid crisis takes a turn for the worse during coronavirus pandemic
- COVID-19: Crisis confronts Londoners with challenges homeless and people who use drugs face every day, MD says
- Crackdown Podcast - Episode 14: Emergency Measures
- “Housing, the front line defence against the COVID-19 outbreak,” says UN expert
- Harm Reduction in the Time of Coronavirus
- Social distancing a challenge for people recovering from addictions, says Windsor man
- 'Sleepless nights': A team of workers will hit Hamilton streets to help the homeless
- 'A major issue': Edmonton homeless at serious risk amid COVID-19
- WHO clarifies guidance on ibuprofen, says there's no evidence it can worsen COVID-19
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