The Public Health Effect of COVID-19 on People with Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Care Services

The Public Health Effect of COVID-19 PPT

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the existing inequity in our society. Several underserved population groups have been affected by the pandemic directly and indirectly. In this webinar we will discuss how COVID-19 and the resulting systemic shocks affect people who use drugs. We will provide some examples from past systemic shocks in the US and across the world and their effect on people who use drugs. Finally, we will present strategies and actions which contribute towards a more resilient and effective addiction care system that can help ameliorate the pandemic burden.

About the Presenter

Wossenseged Birhane Jemberie

Wossenseged Birhane Jemberie, MPH, is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Social Work at Umea University. His studies focus on risky substance use, substance use disorders, health outcomes and interventions for older people. Wossenseged uses multiple Swedish health registers (such as the Addiction Severity Index registry and national patient register) and qualitative methodology to investigate substance use typologies, pathways and health outcomes among older people. He believes that in order for people with substance use disorders to benefit from research, interdisciplinary studies that include their lived experiences are necessary. You can learn more about him at and on LinkedIn.