Responding to COVID-19 : emerging practices in addiction medicine in 17 countries

03 Mar 2022

Following the classification of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), countries were encouraged to implement urgent and aggressive actions to change the course of the disease spread while also protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all people. The challenges and solutions of providing prevention, treatment, and care for those affected with issues related to substance use and addictive behaviors are still being discussed by the global community. Several international documents have been developed for service providers and public health professionals working in the field of addiction medicine in the context of the pandemic (1–3), however, less is known about country-level responses. In the current paper we, as individual members of the Network of Early Career Professionals working in Addiction Medicine (NECPAM), discuss emerging country-level guidelines developed in the 6 months following the outbreak.