Supporting Telehealth and Technology-assisted Services for People Who Use Drugs: A Resource Guide

November 1, 2021

Executive Summary
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the social, economic and health conditions of people who use drugs (PWUD), leading to worsened outcomes, including increased rates of overdose and overdose death. The pandemic significantly disrupted organizations that serve PWUD, including harm reduction organizations and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers, and changed the ways in which services and supports are delivered. During the pandemic, many organizations that provide care to PWUD quickly transitioned from in-person services to telehealth and technology-assisted services, and this increased use of technology is expected to continue.

This publication was made possible by grant number 6 NU38OT000318-02-02 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $750,000 with 100% funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.