3rd ISAM Webinar Series on COVID-19 and SUD: A Global Perspective on Challenges and Solutions

May 3

ISAM Webinar Series on

COVID-19 and SUD: A Global Perspective on Challenges and Solutions

3rd Webinar: Thursday May 7th, 2020

| 7:00- 9:00 AM CDT |8:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET| 12:00 – 2:00 PM GMT | 1:00-3:00pm Lon/BST |


As you all know, the current COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected various populations globally. The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) believes that the impact of this pandemic on people struggling with Substance Use Disorders could not be overlooked. Thus we decided to take this opportunity to hold a series of webinars with partners from different parts of the world, discussing challenges and solutions regarding the current pandemic from the addiction medicine perspective. The objective of these webinars is to support colleagues in the field of addiction medicine to learn from peers who either have undergone profound changes in service delivery or are on the brink of doing so.


For this webinar, we are focusing specifically on the following 3 cross cutting themes/aspects:

  • Colleagues are at different phases of the pandemic, hence some are planning the return to “normality”. What “exit strategies” will services use?
  • Risk of exaggeration of stigma experienced by our population
  • Alcohol addiction and services

    Agenda (ET)

    8:00-8:05, Introduction (Shalini Arunogiri, Christos Kouimtsidis)

    8:05-8:15, Update from the WHO Drug, Alcohol and Behaviour Addictions  (Vladimir Pozynak)

    8:15-8:25Update from Pompidou Group on Stigma and COVID-19 (Thomas Kattau, Groupe Pompidou, Council of Europe)

    8:25- 8:35Update from European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (Phaedon Kaloterakis)

    8:35- 8:45Update from INPUD (Stephen Malloy on behalf of INPUD)

    8:45- 8:55Update from SAMHSA

    8:55- 9:20, Feedback from Individual Countries:

    Brazil (Felix Kessler)

    India (Atul Ambekar)

    Norway (Gabrielle Welle-Strand)

    China (Dr Chen- Hunan, Dr Jiang Du- Shanghai- TBC)
    South Korea (Kuen Ho Joe, Ministry of Health and Welfare-TBC)

    9:20-9:30, Specific Issues: Updates from Managed Alcohol Programs in Canada:
    Bernadette Pauly, 
    Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)

    9:30- 9:45, ISAM PPIG Global Survey: Initial Report for the First Round

    9:45-10:00:  Discussion & Next Steps: How to reopen addiction treatment services?

    ISAM Webinar Series on COVID19, Fourth & Final Meeting

  • COVID-19 Webinar 4 – “Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward”
  • Wed, 23 September 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM (CDT) 12:00- 2:00 PM (GMT)

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