Opioid and COVID-19 Related Resources

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Relevant information and guidance for communities confronting opioids in the age of COVID-19

The Intersection of Two Pandemics: Addiction and COVID-19 Webinar

The USC Schaeffer Center and the Institute for Addiction Science’s recent webinar discussed the pre-pandemic rise in substance use disorder and why policy responses to COVID-19 might cause individuals with addiction to fare even worse.


COVID-19 Policy Recommendations for OUD, Pain, and Harm Reduction

Recommendations from the American Medical Association to help states and others with specific policy recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Exceptions to Facilitate Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

Recommendation from the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) to states to request exceptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19, Self-Help Groups, and Medication Treatment for OUD

Health Affairs Blog discussing how COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to assess and realign self-help groups and treatment with medications for people with opioid use disorder.


COVID-19 and Opioid Policy Changes

Discussion of policy barriers to evidence-based prevention and treatment for individuals with OUD and suggestions for federal and state governments to reduce barriers to care for individuals with OUD.


Fighting Two Battles: How CMS is Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in the Time of COVID-19

IMPAQ International COVID-19 blog series discussing CMS, state Medicaid agencies, and other partners implementing programs to continue providing life-saving interventions for individuals in need of care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19: Telehealth for Opioid Addiction Interventions Webinar and Resources

The Association for Addiction Professionals’ recent webinar and supplemental resources on laws and ethical codes applying to the use of technology by addiction specialists for telehealth.


Telehealth for OUD in the home

Discussion of an emerging treatment model for OUD which leverages telehealth to provide medication treatment to patients in their homes.


COVID-19 Related Tools

The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions: STATE POLICY EVALUATION TOOL

This tool supports decisionmakers in planning a recovery roadmap by estimating the effects of nonpharmaceutical interventions on health and economic outcomes. The tool also provides qualitative guidance on the efficacy, costs, and potential unintended consequences of a range of interventions.


RAND Critical Care Surge Response Tool: An Excel-Based Model for Helping Hospitals Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

This tool allows decisionmakers at all levels — hospitals, health care systems, states, regions — to estimate current critical care capacity and rapidly explore strategies for increasing it.



All NGA coronavirus memos can be found here, or visit Coronavirus: What You Need To Know for current information on actions States/Territories are taking to address the COVID-19 pandemic; as well as advocacy, policy, and guidance documents for protecting public health and the economy.