COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis

COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis

November 17, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Digital Delivery – 430-1200 W 73rd Avenue, Vancouver BC

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted people who use drugs? Why was the new clinical guidance Risk Mitigation developed? How does this impact the role of the community pharmacist? Join the BCPhA in a live webinar to discuss how COVID-19 has compounded the harms and challenges of the opioid overdose crisis and what approaches to consider to support people who use drugs and to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, participants will be better able to:

  • Discuss how COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people who use drugs and/or are on opioid agonist treatment (OAT).
  • Review B.C. Centre on Substance Use’s (BCCSU) interim “Risk mitigation guidelines in the content of dual public health emergencies”.
  • Review OAT prescribing and dispensing considerations during the pandemic.
  • Discuss the temporary regulatory exemptions for controlled drugs and substances in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Speaker: Blair Purda

Blair Purda graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1997 where his exposure to substance use disorder consisted of being told drugs were bad. Twenty plus years later and after a winding career path through various urban and suburban retail pharmacies, Blair has worked with a number of patients who use substances. He is now working in the Downtown East Side at clinics which specialize in opioid use disorder.


This program is non-accredited. Total learning hours is estimated at 1.0 hours.

Participants will receive a letter of participation after completion of the survey at the end of the webinar.

Registration Information

This event is complimentary.

Registration closes an hour prior to the start of the webinar, at 5:00 PM. On the day of the webinar, you will receive a link to the webinar by email. The email will come from and could be in your junk folder.

Please Note: A BCPhA account is required to register for this event. If you do not have a login account or if you are unsure if you have a login, please fill out the Account Creation Form and a member of the BCPhA team will contact you. Accounts can be created free of charge with valid College registration.