COVID-19: research / briefings / evidence (links)

First published: 22 May 2020 | Last updated: 14 November 2022

Research / Briefings / Evidence A-Z


Addiction Journal: Alcohol sales in Canadian liquor outlets as a predictor of subsequent COVID-19 infection rates: a time series analysis

AddictionJournal: Prevalence of use and real-world effectiveness of smoking cessation aids during the COVID-19 pandemic: a representative study of smokers in England – research report

Addiction Journal: Drug Overdoses During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Recently Homeless Individuals click here

Addiction Journal: Could COVID expand the future of addiction research? Long-term implications in the pandemic era

Addiction Journal : Changes in illicit drug use and markets with the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions: findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System, 2016–20

Addiction Journal:Relationship between high-risk alcohol consumption and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) seroconversion: a prospective sero-epidemiological cohort study among American college students click here

Addiction Science and Clinical Practice: Structural and community changes during COVID-19 and their effects on overdose precursors among rural people who use drugs: a mixed-methods analysis

Addictive Behaviors: Examining the relationship between alcohol consumption, psychological distress and COVID-19 related circumstances: An Australian longitudinal study in the first year of the pandemic – click here

Alcoholism  Clinical & Experimental Research: COVID-19 patients with documented alcohol use disorder or alcohol-related complications are more likely to be hospitalized and have higher all-cause mortality click here

BMC Medicine:The UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and smoking, alcohol consumption and vaping during the COVID-19 pandemic: evidence from eight longitudinal population surveys

BMC Public Health: Health behaviours the month prior to COVID-19 infection and the development of self-reported long COVID and specific long COVID symptoms: a longitudinal analysis of 1581 UK adults

BMC Public Health: The impact of COVID-19 on access to harm reduction, substance use treatment and recovery services in Scotland: a qualitative study

BMC Public Health: Problem drinkers and high risk-taking behaviors under the stay-at-home policy of the COVID-19 emergency declaration

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction: Client and Practitioner Experiences and Perceptions of Virtual Services and Supports for Substance Use or Concurrent Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic [report]

Contemporary Drug Problems: Negotiating an Illicit Economy in the Time of COVID-19: Selling and Buying Dilemmas in the Lives of People Who Use Drugs in Scotland click here

Digestive and Liver  Disease: Covid-19 and alcohol associated liver disease click here

Drug Science, Policy and Law: The Cathinone Hydra: Increased Cathinone and caffeine adulteration in the English MDMA market after Brexit and COVID-19 lockdowns – study

Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Factors associated with perceived decline in the quality of drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from community-recruited cohorts of people who use drugs in Vancouver, Canada click here

Drug and Alcohol Dependence ( in press) : Examining the impact of the first wave of COVID-19 and associated control measures on interventions to prevent blood-borne viruses among people who inject drugs in Scotland: an interrupted time series study 

Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Trajectories of alcohol use and problems during the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of social stressors and drinking motives for men and women click here

Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports: Impact of reduced restrictions on buprenorphine prescribing during COVID-19 among patients in a community-based treatment program click here

Drug and Alcohol Review: Framings of risk and responsibility in newsprint media coverage of alcohol licensing regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic in England

Drug and Alcohol Review: Health service utilisation and access for people who inject drugs during COVID-19 click here

Drug and Alcohol Review: COVID-19 vaccine acceptability among people in Australia who inject drugs: Update from the 2021 Illicit Drug Reporting System interviews 

Drug and Alcohol Review: Increased alcohol-specific mortality in Germany during COVID-19: State-level trends from 2010 to 2020

Drugs and Alcohol Today: Investigating the experiences of individuals in recovery from problem substance use and their perceptions of the COVID-19 pandemic

Drugs, Education Prevention and Policy : The shift from face-to-face to remote care during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative survey analysis of users of UK drug and alcohol services

Drugs, Education Prevention and Policy: Thinking and drinking: associations between momentary thoughts and alcohol consumption during COVID-19 lockdown

European Addiction Research: Changes in Alcohol Use in Denmark during the Initial Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Further Evidence of Polarization of Drinking Responses click here

European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences: COVID-19 pandemic, substance use disorders and body image issues, a worrisome correlation

FARE (The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Australia) Alcohol use and harms during the COVID-19 pandemic –2nd report

Front. Commun:Two Public Health Crises, Two Narratives: An Analysis of How Policymakers Have Managed British Columbia’s COVID-19 Pandemic and Potential Implications for the Ongoing Overdose Crisis  click here

Institute of Alcohol Studies : The COVID hangover: Addressing long-term health impacts of changes in alcohol consumption during the pandemic –report

International Journal of Drug Policy: Methadone and buprenorphine-related deaths among people prescribed and not prescribed Opioid Agonist Therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic in England

International Journal of Drug Policy: A rapid assessment of take-home naloxone provision during COVID-19 in Europe 

International Journal of Drug Policy:Impact of COVID-19 on substance use disorder treatment servicesin Kenya: Qualitative findings from healthcare providers research paper

International Journal of Drug Policy: No party, no drugs? Use of stimulants, dissociative drugs, and GHB/GBL during the early COVID-19 pandemic

International Journal of Drug Policy: Substance use and homelessness: a longitudinal interview study conducted during COVID-19 with implications for policy and practice – research paper

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health : Analysis of Clinical Parameters, Drug Consumption and Use of Health Resources in a Southern European Population with Alcohol Abuse Disorder during COVID-19 Pandemic

International Journal of Epidemiology: Association between smoking, e-cigarette use and severe COVID-19: a cohort study

International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science: Trends in alcohol consumption in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-country analysis

JAMA: Alcohol-Related Deaths During the COVID-19 Pandemic (research letter)

JAMA: Evaluation of Trends in Alcohol Use Disorder–Related Mortality in the US Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic (research letter)

JAMA: Changes in Buprenorphine and Methadone Supplies in the US During the COVID-19 Pandemic – study

JAMA: Changes in Smoking Cessation–Related Behaviors Among US Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic – investigation

Journal of Rick Research: Associations between COVID-19 risk perceptions and mental health, wellbeing, and risk behaviours

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: The impact of COVID-19 on health care professionals who are exposed to drug-related deaths while supporting clients experiencing addiction (article in press) click here

medRxiv (pre-print):Differential Impacts of Perceived Social Support on Alcohol and Cannabis Use in Young Adults: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

National Bureau of Economic Research (US) Casey Mulligan Discusses Substance Abuse and the COVID-19 Pandemic

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Briefing : Factors associated with intention to vaccinate against COVID-19 among a sample of people in Australia who regularly use ecstasy or other illicit stimulants.

Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Mobile chat messaging for preventing smoking relapse amid the COVID-19 pandemic: a pilot randomized controlled trial (accepted manuscript)

Oschner Journal: Cross-Sectional Survey of Smoking Patterns During the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Tobacco Cessation and Lung Cancer Screening Program.

Plos One: The COVID-19 alcohol paradox: British household purchases during 2020 compared with 2015-2019 click here

Plos One:  Mixed methods prospective findings of the initial effects of the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic on individuals in recovery from substance use disorder

Psychology of Violence: Intimate Partner Aggression During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Associations With Stress and Heavy Drinking  click here

Public Health Reports:  Alcohol Consumption and COVID-19–Related Stress Among Health Care Workers: The Need for Continued Stress-Management Interventions

Public Health Scotland: Alcohol sales and harm in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic- analysis

Public Health Scotland Scottish drug misuse database:  Overview of Initial Assessments for Specialist Drug Treatment 2020/21: Final Report this release by Public Health Scotland includes information from the full first year of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of this is discussed in more detail within the full report.

Preventive Medicine: Electronic cigarette use and risk of COVID-19 among young adults without a history of cigarette smoking – short communication

Recovery Research Institute (USA) Did drinking among U.S. adults increase during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment :Surveying Over the Counter and Prescription Only Medication Misuse in Treatment Services During COVID-19

The Mix: A post-pandemic spike in substance use amongst young people & barriers to accessing support

Trends In Urology and Men’s Health : Has the pandemic exacerbated alcohol harm? click here

UNODC: Cocaine Insights -Brazil in the regional and transatlantic cocaine supply chain: The impact of COVID-19 – report

University of Windsor (Canada) Research probes effect of pandemic on treatment of people who use fentanyl click here

University of Sheffield: Modelling the impact of changes in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic on future alcohol-related harm in England report


Action on Smoking and Health and Cancer Research UK: Stepping up: The response of stop smoking services in England to the COVID-19 pandemic: Jan 2021 Report

Addiction Journal: Moderators of changes in smoking, drinking and quitting behaviour associated with the first COVID-19 lockdown in England – research report

Addiction Journal: Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe: a large-scale cross-sectional study in 21 countries

Addiction Journal: For better or for worse? A pre–post exploration of the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on cannabis users

Addiction Professionals: Living Under Coronavirus and Injecting Drugs in Bristol (LUCID-B): A qualitative study of experiences of COVID-19 among people who inject drugs.

Addictive Behaviors: The impact of the initial Covid-19 lockdown upon regular sports bettors in Britain: Findings from a cross-sectional online study

ADF Alcohol and Drug Foundation( Australia) Alcohol Harm and COVID-19 some latest findings around alcohol use and associated harms since the pandemic began in early 2020.

Advances in Dual Diagnosis: Locked down and drinking? Are more people self-identifying as having mental health difficulties alongside their drinking via an online platform? Paper

Alcohol: The concerning increasing trend of alcohol beverage sales in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic pre-proof

Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research: Changes in Alcohol Use and Drinking Context due to the COVID‐19 Pandemic: A Multimethod Study of College Student Drinkers

Annals of Internal Medicine: Retail Alcohol and Tobacco Sales during COVID-19: click here

Annals of the American Thoracic Society: Smoking and COVID-19: The Real Deal – paper addresses research needed to understand smoking and COVID-19

Australian Drug Foundation listing of COVID-19 research projects

BASIS Cambridge Health Alliance, Division on Addiction: Introduction to the Special Series on Managing Addiction during COVID-19

BASIS Cambridge Health Alliance, Division on Addiction: The DRAM, Vol. 17(10) – COVID-19-related social isolation stressors and their relationship to drinking behaviors in the general adult population

BASIS Cambridge Health Alliance, Division on Addiction: The WAGER, Vol. 26(9) – Gambling during COVID: The impact of COVID-19 on gambling behavior and gambling-related problems

BASIS Cambridge Health Alliance, Division on Addiction: Op-Ed Young Adults and Gambling during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ontario; here

BASIS (The Brief Addiction Science Information Source)  ASHES, Vol. 17(7) – Impact of COVID-19 on cigarette consumption for adults in China

BMJ Covid 19: How harm reduction advocates and the tobacco industry capitalised on the pandemic to promote nicotine: Feature Research Integrity

BMJ Thorax: Smoking and COVID-19 outcomes: an observational and Mendelian randomisation study using the UK Biobank cohort

British Journal of Health Psychology: Health behaviour change during the UK COVID‐19 lockdown: Findings from the first wave of the C‐19 health behaviour and well‐being daily tracker study

British Journal of Nursing: Smoking and tobacco: working towards the endgame as a vital part of post-COVID-19 recovery

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and Canadian Society  of Addiction Medicine: Medicine–International Society of Addiction Medicine How COVID-19 is changing addiction medicine: A summary from the Canadian Society of Addiction 2020 conference.

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health have released three products: Linking Practices on Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use during COVID-19; Action on Women’s Experience of Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use in the COVID-19 Context;  COVID-19, Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use; click here

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and the Mental Health Commission of Canada survey on long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians’ mental health and substance use: results

Canadian Centre Substance Use and Addiction: Maintaining a Public Health Approach to Alcohol Policy During COVID-19 [Policy Brief]

Canadian Institutes for Health Information: Unintended consequences of COVID-19: Impact on harms caused by substance use: report

Centers for Disease Control (US) COVID-19 Questions and Answers: For People Who Use Drugs or Have Substance Use Disorder Updated Mar. 29, 2021: includes Q&A for medical professionals.

Centers for Disease Control (US) Science Brief: Evidence used to update the list of underlying medical conditions that increase a person’s risk of severe illness from COVID-19 – Substance use disorders added to CDC list of health conditions that raise COVID risks

Central Statistics Office Ireland (2020): Social impact of COVID-19 survey November 2020 well-being and lifestyle under level 5 restrictions

Chinese Journal of Traumatology: Increased proportion of alcohol-related trauma in a South London Major Trauma Centre during lockdown: A cohort study

DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Surging trends in prescriptions and costs of antidepressants in England amid COVID-19: click here

Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Associations between vaping and Covid-19: Cross-sectional findings from the HEBECO study

Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Drug seizures plummeted early in the COVID-19 pandemic, then climbed once lockdowns lifted: click here

Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Factors associated with drinking behaviour during COVID-19 social distancing and lockdown among adults in the UK

Drug and Alcohol Dependence: The early impact of COVID-19 on the incidence, prevalence, and severity of alcohol use and other drugs: A systematic review

Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Utilizing telemedicine during COVID-19 pandemic for a low-threshold, street-based buprenorphine program

Drug and Alcohol Review Special Collection Covid-19 Research

Drug and Alcohol Review: COVID-19 vaccine acceptability among people in Australia who inject drugs: Implications for vaccine rollout

Drug and Alcohol Review: Beyond ‘drinking occasions’: Examining complex changes in drinking practices during COVID-19 : click here

Drug and Alcohol Review: Characterising the patterns of and factors associated with increased alcohol consumption since COVID‐19 in a UK sample: click here

Emerging Trends in Drugs , Addictions, and Health: Internet sourcing and UK end consumer trend interest in the controlled medicines (opioids, sedatives and GABA drugs) in pre and post COVID-19 timeframes –paper

EMCDDA: European Drug Report 2021: Trends and Developments – includes a section on How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected drug use and supply’

EMCDDA: Impact of COVID-19 on drug markets, use, harms and drug services in the community and prisons-report

EMCDDA Trendspotter: Impact of COVID-19 on drug use and drug services in Western Balkans

European Addiction Research Editorial ‘The Double Effect of COVID-19 Confinement Measures and Economic Recession on High-Risk Drug Users and Drug Services’

Fare News : Australia records highest month in history for alcohol retailer turnover in December

Frontiers in Public Health: Use of Alcohol and Addictive Drugs During the COVID-19 Outbreak in Norway: Associations With Mental Health and Pandemic-Related Problems

Frontiers in Psychiatry: Exercise and Use of Enhancement Drugs at the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Multicultural Study on Coping Strategies During Self-Isolation and Related Risks click here

Gambling Commission: Impact of Covid-19 on gambling behaviour – operator data from April 21

Harm Reduction Journal: How a sample of English stop smoking services and vape shops adapted during the early COVID-19 pandemic: a mixed-methods cross-sectional survey

International Journal of Drug Policy: Medication and substance use increases among people using cannabis medically during the COVID-19 pandemic – short report

International Journal of Drug Policy COVID-19 and people who use drugs; Seizing opportunity in times of chaos (in press)

International Journal of  Environmental  Research and Public Health : Understanding the Impacts of Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks on People Who Use Drugs: A Systematic Review to Inform Practice and Drug Policy Responses to COVID-19

JAMA Network Open: Association of COVID-19 with New Waiting List Registrations and Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Hepatitis in the United States – research letter

JAMA Network Open: Trends in the Use of Benzodiazepines, Z-Hypnotics, and Serotonergic Drugs among US Women and Men Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic –investigation

JAMA  Network Open: Comparison of Characteristics of Deaths From Drug Overdose Before vs During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rhode Island – investigation

JAMA Network Open: Efficacy and Safety of Cannabidiol Plus Standard Care vs Standard Care Alone for the Treatment of Emotional Exhaustion and Burnout Among Frontline Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic – A Randomized Clinical Trial

JAMA  Network Open Research Letter: Substance Use and Addiction – Drug Overdose Deaths Before and After Shelter-in-Place Orders during the COVID-19 Pandemic in San Francisco

JAMA Network Open: Trends in Drug Overdose Mortality in Ohio during the First 7 Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic: research letter

JAMA Network Open: Prescribing of Opioid Analgesics and Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder during the COVID-19 Pandemic

JAMA Pediatrics: Adolescents’ Substance Use and Physical Activity Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Journal of Addictive Diseases: Exploring the public’s perception of gambling addiction on Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic: Topic modelling and sentiment analysis

Journal of Addiction Medicine: Impacts of the COVID-19 Shutdown on Gambling Patterns in Australia Consideration of Problem Gambling and Psychological Distress –paper

Journal of Adolescent Health: Early Adolescent Substance Use Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Longitudinal Survey in the ABCD Study Cohort

Journal of Adolescent Health: The Effect of Social and Stress-Related Factors on Alcohol Use Among College Students During the Covid-19 Pandemic –paper

Journal of Gambling Studies: Gambling in Canada During the COVID Lockdown: Prospective National Survey

Journal of Gambling Studies: Gambling by Young Adults in the UK During COVID-19 Lockdown: paper

Journal of Primary Care & Community Health: Electronic Cigarette Use Is Not Associated with COVID-19 Diagnosis

Journal of Public Health: Awareness of alcohol marketing one year after initial implementation of Ireland’s Public Health (Alcohol) Act and during the COVID-19 pandemic: paper

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: Managing COVID-19 Transmission Risks in Bars: An Interview and Observation Study: click here

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: SMART Recovery International and COVID-19: Expanding the reach of mutual support through online groups – paper

medRxiv, Kalkhoran, S., Levy, D., Rigotti, N. (2021). Smoking and Vaping among a National Sample of U.S. Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pre-print paper

Mental Elf: Increased alcohol consumption during the pandemic: explained

Ministry of Health Luxembourg: Mini-European Web Survey on Drugs (EWSD) – impact of COVID-19 on drug use, acquisition behaviour and the drug market in Luxembourg NIHR HPRU in Behavioural Science and Evaluation Blog

Neurosight: Student Drug Behaviour and Mental Health during COVID-19- Survey findings

NIDA: People with SUDs Have Increased Risk for COVID-19 and Worse Outcomes

NIHR HPRU in Behavioural Science and Evaluation Blog : Understanding how COVID-19 impacted on people who use drugs

Nicotine and Tobacco Research: The Potential Effectiveness of COVID-Related Smoking Cessation Messages in Three Countries

Nicotine and Tobacco Research:Impact of Tobacco Smoking on the Risk of COVID-19: A Large Scale Retrospective Cohort Study

OECD: Preventing Harmful Alcohol Use includes data on alcohol use during pandemic

Office for National Statistics: Smoking prevalence in the UK and the impact of data collection changes: 2020 -considers the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on data collection.

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation: COVID-19 impacts on community-based substance use prevention and treatment provider organizations- report

Psychiatry Research Short communication: Changes in body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorder, and exercise addiction symptomology during the COVID-19 pandemic: A longitudinal study of 319 health club users

Public Health: Preliminary indications of the burden of COVID-19 among people who inject drugs in England and Northern Ireland and the impact on access to health and harm reduction services: click here

Public Health England: Alcohol consumption and harm during the COVID-19 pandemic – report

Public Health Scotland:  Studies of alcohol sales and consumption in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic findings from 2 studies plus a briefing paper : click here

Qeios: The association of smoking status with SARS‐CoV‐2 infection, hospitalisation and mortality from COVID‐19: A living rapid evidence review with Bayesian meta‐analyses (version 10)

Recovery Research Institute : Unprecedented increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic – with substantial regional variation

Release: Drugs in the Time of COVID: Interim Report. Plus a summary of the report’s findings from Russell Webster here

SHAAP: Understanding drinking transitions during lockdown – event report

STASH Cambridge Health Alliance, Division on Addiction: Not just a virus: How the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted behavioral causes of death in the United States; here

The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology: Alcohol-related harm during the COVID-19 pandemic: editorial

Tobacco Control (BMJ): Impact of COVID-19 lockdown on smoking consumption in a large representative sample of Italian adults

Tobacco Control (BMJ) Brief Report: Vape shop and consumer activity during COVID-19 non-essential business closures in the USA

University of Connecticut: Impact of COVID-19 on Racial-Ethnic Minorities among Persons with Opioid Use Disorder: research findings

UNSW (University of New South Wales) National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Drug Trends program has released new reports that show a decline in the availability of methamphetamine and heroin during COVID-19 restrictions

University of Saskatchewan: study has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant worsening of already poor dietary habits, low activity levels, sedentary behaviour, and high alcohol consumption among university students.

World Psychiatry: Increased risk for COVID-19 breakthrough infection in fully vaccinated patients with substance use disorders in the United States between December 2020 and August 2021: here


For a thorough summary of addiction-related COVID-19 studies from 2020, see the Addiction Journal Bibliography compilations .

Addiction Journal: Shifts in alcohol consumption during the COVID‐19 pandemic: early indications from Australia    

Addiction Journal: COVID‐19, smoking, vaping and quitting: a representative population survey in England

ADFAM: Families in Lockdown: The effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on the family and friends of someone with an alcohol, drug or gambling problem survey report

Alcohol and Alcoholism, Alcohol and COVID-19 editorial

Alcohol & Drug Foundation, Australia -‘ Changing your drinking habits’ find out about the six signs that home isolation could be impacting your drinking: click here

ASH Scotland Covid-19 and smoking research –a list of published articles on scientific research which includes information or data on smoking, nicotine and Covid-19.

Australian National University report ‘Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 period’ shows Australians are drinking alcohol more frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic than before

British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (Canada) COVID-19 resources: click here

BMJ Global Health: YouTube as a source of information on COVID-19: a pandemic of misinformation?

BMJ Tobacco Control: COVID-19 and smoking: resources, research and news updated 9 Sept: click here

BMJ Tobacco Control: resources, research and news about COVID-19 and smoking, vaping and other tobacco products: click here

BJGP Open is rapidly publishing research and editorials on COVID-19, and will be collecting all articles here 

Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS) ASHES Review Perceived risk, quit intentions, and quit attempts among cigar users during the COVID-19 pandemic

Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS) The WAGER, Vol. 25(8):– Gambling in the time of COVID-19: Mental health, substance use, and financial distress among high-risk online gamblers

Bristol Drugs Project: Researching During A Pandemic -working with the Universities of Bristol and Bath to find out how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of people who inject drugs in Bristol.

Bristol Drugs Project COVID-19 Impact Report

Campaign for Social Science: Dr Hannah Carver and Dr Tessa Parkes, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling on how social science inspires researchers to create much needed system and service change for people who are homeless with substance use problems

Canadian Centre on Drug Use and Addiction: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People Who Use Substances: What we have heard

Canadian Centre on Drug Use and Addiction (CCSA – in French & English): open versus closed: the risks associated with retail liquor stores during COVID-19click here

Canadian Centre on Drug Use and Addiction (CCSA) report: COVID-19 and cannabis smoking and vaping: four things you should know: click here

Canadian Centre on Drug Use and Addiction (CCSA): changes related to COVID-19 in the illegal drug supply and access to services, and resulting health harms (CCENDU Alert)

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA): Boredom and Stress Drives Increased Alcohol Consumption during COVID-19: NANOS Poll Summary Report

Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) University of Victoria: Liquor and lockdown: Alcohol consumption in BC increases during COVID-19

Center de recherche du Center hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CRCHUM) Q&A: COVID-19 is worse for drug users

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Canada): COVID-19 pandemic adversely affecting mental health of women and people with children: Survey findings

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report :Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1049–1057.

Cochrane Clinical Answers related to COVID-19 including CCAs (free) on effective options for quitting smoking during the pandemic: click here

Drink Wise Age Well: Addressing the needs of older adults receiving alcohol treatment during the Covid-19 pandemic: A qualitative study

Drug and Alcohol Dependence: COVID-19 survey among people who use drugs in three cities in Norway: short communication

Drug and Alcohol Research Connections – May 2020 – latest news from NDARC, NDRI and NCETA, with a special COVID-19 focus in this issue7

Drug and Alcohol Review: The impact of nationwide alcohol ban during the COVID‐19 lockdown on alcohol use‐related internet searches and behaviour in India: An infodemiology study

DrugNet Ireland: Health Research Board Evidence brief on the response of drug services to Covid-19

Drugs and Me –Preliminary Survey Results how has drug use changed during the pandemic

EMCDDA: Impact of COVID-19 on drug markets, drug use, drug-related harms and responses in south European Neighbourhood Policy countries report

EMCDDA: New psychoactive substances: global markets, glocal threats and the COVID-19 pandemic.   An update from the EU Early Warning System

EMCDDA report: Impact of COVID-19 on drug markets, drug use, drug-related harms and responses in east European Neighbourhood Policy countries

EMCDDA trendspotter briefing: Impact of COVID-19 on drug markets, drug use, drug-related harms and responses in east European Neighbourhood Policy countries

EMCDDA special report: COVID-19 and drugs – drug supply via darknet markets: click here

EMCDDA COVID-19: New study highlights decline in stimulant drug use but some rises in the use of cannabis, alcohol and prescription medicines to combat anxiety and depression

EMCDDA Trendspotter briefing: impact of COVID-19 on patterns of drug use and drug-related harms in Europe

EUREKAlert : Analysis finds gaps in care in treating opioid use disorders during pandemic shutdowns Research

Faces and Voices of Recovery: UK Peer Led Covid 19 Impact Survey – findings

Fare Australia: family violence and alcohol during COVID-19

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) survey shows that 20% of Australians purchased more alcohol and 70% of them are drinking more alcohol than normal, with one third now using alcohol daily during the COVID-19 pandemic: click here

Frontiers in Psychiatry: Exercise and Use of Enhancement Drug at the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic: A Multicultural Study on Coping Strategies During Self-Isolation and Related Risk

Frontiers in Psychiatry: Research Topic ‘Drug and Behavioral Addictions During Social-Distancing for the COVID-19 Pandemic’ series of eight papers.

Future of Personal Health: The Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders during COVID-19 by Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA click here

GambleAware Report: The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on gambling behaviour, harms and demand for treatment and support

Gambling Commission : Gambling business data updated during COVID-19

Gambling Research Exchange Ontario: COVID-19 News and Emerging Research: resources

Global Drug Survey COVID-19 Special Edition: Key Findings Report

Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime:  When the Smoke Clears: The ban on tobacco products in South Africa during COVID-19

HRB Drugs Library Bulletin Dublin: The effects of COVID-19 on people experiencing mental ill-health, substance use disorder and homelessness or housing Insecurity in the Dublin region: a qualitative exploration

Health Research Board Library newsletter containing Irish and international resources on COVID-19: click here

House of Commons Nitrous Oxide: Coronavirus Parliamentary Question asking the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the change in the level of the use of nitrous oxide during the covid-19 outbreak.

Imperial College London: a report on the global impact of COVID-19: click here

INPUD COVID-19 Survey Report 1: Health & Rights of People who Use Drugs in a COVID-19 Environment

International Journal of Drug Policy: Why we should all be more careful in drawing conclusions about how COVID-19 is changing drug markets

International Journal of Drug Policy Special Issue: COVID-19 and the health of people who use drugs: What is and what could be?

Institute of Alcohol Studies: Alcohol consumption during the COVID19 lockdown: summary of emerging evidence from the UK

Institute of Alcohol Studies: Alcohol harms: a hidden pandemic in the age of COVID-19? 2nd briefing on alcohol consumption

Irish Journal Psychological Medicine: Addiction Psychiatry and COVID-19 – Impact on patients and service provision

JAMA Changes in Adult Alcohol Use and Consequences during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US Research Letter

JAMA Psychiatry: Overdose-Related Cardiac Arrests Observed by Emergency Medical Services during the US COVID-19 Epidemic: Research letter

JAMA Psychiatry Telehealth for Substance-Using Populations in the Age of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Recommendations to Enhance AdoptionViewpoint

Journal of Addictive Diseases: The COVID-19 cannabis health study: Results from an epidemiologic assessment of adults who use cannabis for medicinal reasons in the United States

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Mental health and health behaviours before and during the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown: longitudinal analyses of the UK Household Longitudinal Study

Journal of Public Health: Clinical impact of COVID-19 on people with substance use disorders

Journal of Public Health -Threatening increase in alcohol consumption in physicians quarantined due to coronavirus outbreak in Poland: the ALCOVID survey

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: Changes in Alcohol Consumption Among College Students Due to COVID-19: Effects of Campus Closure and Residential Change

La Trobe University: A timeline of alcohol-relevant restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic

London School of Economics: Illicit Drugs during Covid-19 -how has COVID-19 affected some of the most vulnerable people in society? | LSE Research

London School of Economics: Ireland’s innovative approach to supporting homeless and drug using populations during COVID-19 saved lives

NIDA Substance use disorders linked to COVID-19 susceptibility

NIDA Directors Blog ‘New Evidence on Substance Use Disorders and COVID-19 Susceptibility’

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West: Understanding the experiences of people who inject drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic – findings from the LUCID-B study

National Association for Children of Alcoholics report: ‘Covid So Far, Lockdown and the Lost Children’ reports rise in calls from children whose parents have started to drink again in lockdown

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Australia, research response to COVID-19: click here

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre: Impacts of COVID-19 and associated restrictions on people who use illicit stimulants in Australia: Preliminary findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System 2020

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Key findings from the ‘Australians’ Drug Use: Adapting to Pandemic Threats’ (ADAPT) Study

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre: Key findings from the ‘Australians’ Drug Use: Adapting to Pandemic Threats’ (ADAPT) Study Wave 2

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre: Have COVID-19 restrictions affected needle and syringe program transactions in Tasmania

Observatoire Français des Drogues et des Toxicomanies English summary of the 2nd OFDT-TREND bulletin examining changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures in France to practices of drug users, drug services and drug trafficking

Pharmaceuticals Journal: Substance use disorder in the COVID-19 pandemic Systematic review of vulnerabilities and complications

Population Health Management:  The Opioid Epidemic within the COVID-19 Pandemic: Drug Testing in 2020

Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry: Addictions in the COVID-19 era: Current evidence, future perspectives a comprehensive review (in press)

Public Health England (PHE): emerging evidence from China shows smokers with COVID-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe respiratory disease: click here

PHE COVID-19: impact on STIs, HIV and viral hepatitis: PHE report assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on prevention, testing, diagnosis and care for STIs, HIV and hepatitis in England

PHE: Wider Impacts of COVID-19 on Health (WICH) monitoring tool: PHE health intelligence teams are scoping metrics that will enable the monitoring of the indirect health impacts of COVID-19. Includes alcohol consumption, smoking and  updated with behavioural Risk Factors – smoking quit attempts and methods to support quitting, from the Smoking Toolkit Study.

PHE Wider Impacts of COVID on Health (WICH) tool now includes data on gambling behaviour pre&post lockdown.

Qeios: ‘Smoking, vaping and hospitalization for COVID-19’: click here

Release: Impact of Coronavirus on Drug Purchases Survey

Release: COVID-19 & the impact on the drugs market – a network of people across the UK to provide information on what is going on in the drugs market in light of the Coronavirus.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health:  How has the pandemic influenced substance use among young people? Insight

Royal College of Psychiatrists: Addiction services not equipped to treat the 8 million people drinking at high risk during pandemic –press release

Russell Webster: Impact of coronavirus on drug use across Europe summary of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction trendspotter study on the impact of Covid-19 on drug consumption patterns and drug-related harms

St George’s University of London: Smoking and obesity identified to have causal link with susceptibility to severe COVID-19 and sepsis

The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Longer time spent at home during COVID-19 pandemic is associated with binge drinking among US adults

The Conversation Australia : Pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs

The Global Drug Survey (GDS) Special Edition  report on COVID-19 highlights preliminary findings halfway through data collection. A complete report based on all data collected until June 20, 2020 follows in July | GDS, UK

The Lancet has created a COVID-19 resource centre. This resource brings together content from across The Lancet journals as it is published and is free to access: click here

The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology -Effect of COVID-19 lockdown on alcohol consumption in patients with pre-existing alcohol use disorder

The Lancet Psychiatry: public health messaging and harm reduction in the time of COVID-19: click here

The Lancet Psychiatry: innovative strategies to support physical distancing among individuals with active addiction

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine: Tobacco smoking and COVID-19 infection

The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network: Preliminary patterns in circumstances surrounding opioid-related deaths in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic

Toxicology Reports: Nicotine and SARS-CoV-2: COVID-19 may be a disease of the nicotinic cholinergic system. Editorial

UK parliament: call for experts from the Knowledge Exchange Unit: click here

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI): COVID-19, the science explained. This website will be regularly updated with the latest science information behind the COVID-19 outbreak: click here

UNODC Research Brief: COVID-19 and the drug supply chain: from production and trafficking to use

UNODC Research Brief COVID-19-related Trafficking of Medical Products as a Threat to Public Health

University College Cork researchers on ‘Why drug dealing and drug use will increase after Covid-19’

University College London study into the psychological and social effects of COVID-19: click here

University of Bristol & University of Bath: Treatment for drug addiction – how do patients cope in lockdown? press release

University of Cambridge Research News: One in three adults drank more alcohol during first lockdown

University of Glasgow MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit: Alcohol use increased during lockdown, but smoking declined – sharing evidence  

University of Oxford researchers studying the effect of smoking, nicotine and vaping on COVID-19 severity inking primary and clinical data for the assessment of associations between smoking status and the severity of coronavirus disease

University of Monash: COVID-19: Pandemic alcohol use and mental health problems-findings

University New South Wales: Illicit drugs are harder to get and cost more since the coronavirus pandemic, says UNSW Sydney’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

University of Stirling: The impacts of COVID-19 on people who use drugs in Scotland: website

University of Queensland Research: COVID-19 cocktails: push for tighter alcohol advertising restrictions on social media

World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 database – the latest scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19. The global literature cited in the database is updated daily: click here

WHO and EMRO Q&A on tobacco, waterpipe and e-cigarette use in the context of COVID-19 (English and Arabic): click here

WHO Scientific Brief Smoking and COVID-19 click here

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