The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on substance use: Implications for prevention and treatment

Ornell, F., Moura, H. F., Scherer, J. N., Pechansky, F., Kessler, F., & von Diemen, L. (2020). The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on substance use: implications for prevention and treatment. Psychiatry research, 113096. Chicago


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought major challenges to healthcare systems and public health policies globally, as it requires novel treatment and prevention strategies to adapt for the impact of the pandemic. Individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) are at risk population for contamination due to multiple factors—attributable to their clinical, psychological and psychosocial conditions.

MARC webinar series: Impacts of COVID on substance use & mental health


About this Event

We are excited to announce the second of our MARC interdisciplinary webinars where you will hear from Prof Paul Dietze, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Burnet Institute, and Adjunct Associate Professor Christopher Pearce, General Practice, who will be discussing the impacts of COVID on substance use and mental health.

COVID-19 and Alcohol

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How much are people drinking while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are Canadians drinking more alcohol than usual and, if so, are they doing it more often? This webinar explored alcohol use during the pandemic, drawing on the results of a survey and polls commissioned by CCSA in spring 2020. The presentation highlighted resources to assist in reducing risks related to alcohol use during COVID-19.


COVID-19 et alcool

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Quelles quantités d’alcool sont bues pendant le confinement lié à la pandémie de COVID-19? Les Canadiens boivent-ils plus d’alcool qu’à l’habitude et, si oui, le font-ils plus souvent? Les présentateurs ont abordé la consommation d’alcool pendant la pandémie et ont notamment discuté des résultats de sondages commandés par le CCDUS au printemps 2020.

Resilience: How to Thrive During COVID-19


During times of extreme stress and uncertainty, such as we are experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is common to feel anxiety, depression, and even traumatic stress. The psychology of resilience offers a way to transform these normal reactions to ones that support our strength and growth. 

The Effects of COVID-19 on the Illegal Drug Supply


This webinar will explore how regulations put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are inadvertently contributing to an increasingly toxic illegal drug supply and how this shift has both increased health harms and created policy opportunities. Presentations will highlight different perspectives, including systems-level epidemiology data, findings from a local drug checking program and experiences shared by people who use drugs.