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Dong, K and Meador, Karine and Hyshka, E and Salokangas, E and Burton-MacLeod, S and Bablitz, C and Lail, P and Colizza, K and Etches, N and Cardinal, C and Twan, S and Gilani, F and Brooks, HL and Wild, TC (2020) Supporting people who use substances in acute care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic: CRISM – interim guidance document. Edmonton, Alberta: Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse.

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This document is one of a series of six national guidance documents, rapidly developed by the CRISM network at the request of the Government of Canada. Collectively, the six documents address urgent needs of people who use substances, service providers, and decision makers in relation to the COVID‑19 pandemic. The urgent nature of this work required rapid development and dissemination of this guidance. This, and the continuing evolution of the knowledge base regarding COVID‑19, precluded CRISM from conducting a comprehensive review of the relevant literature. However, when available, scientific evidence is cited in support of the expert advice offered herein.

The guidance provided in this document is subject to change as new information becomes available. Readers should note that the intent of this document is to provide general guidance rather than detailed procedural and logistical advice. Readers are advised to consult local public health and medical authorities for specific input on navigating their own unique regulatory and policy environments, as necessary.

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