COVID-19 guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

On 16 October the government updated its guidance to include information on local COVID alert levels and virus transmission.

The government feels it is important that drug and alcohol services keep open and operating as they protect vulnerable people who are at greater risk from COVID-19 and help reduce the burden on other healthcare services.

Where emergency response plans have been put in place for services during the pandemic they should be continuously reviewed to check that local and individual treatment need is being met, that there are no unintended consequences and that opportunities are being taken to improve and get services back to normal.

Where interventions such as detoxification, supervised consumption, and blood-borne virus (BBV) testing and treatment were curtailed or reduced because of COVID-19, services should now be making plans to reintroduce or expand them in line with national clinical guidance.

Details of the guidance can be found here.