Opioid Use Disorder Care during COVID‑19 Disruptions

McLane, Patrick | $199,806

Alberta University of Alberta 2020 CIHR Operating Grant

COVID‑19 is disrupting opioid use disorder treatment, and the impacts of these disruptions are unknown. Community addictions clinics have switched to virtual care, decreased their opening hours, or closed. At the same time, opioid overdoses in Alberta and British Columbia have increased. It is currently not known whether patients are being supported through adjusted opioid use disorder care, or whether they are going undertreated. This project will combine review of opioid addiction clinic and emergency department data to profile the impact of COVID‑19 on opioid use disorder treatment. Crucially, we will assess impacts of changes in opioid use disorder treatment for First Nations members, in partnership with the Blackfoot Confederacy.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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