PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current article reviews the impact of the biggest health crisis for many decades, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), on opioid treatment programs and the strategies adopted for maintaining opioid treatment programs during the pandemic .
RECENT FINDINGS: The difficulty of access to opioid treatment services and the mental health problems accompanying opioid use disorders are the two main challenges to maintaining accessible and effective opioid treatment . Many countries and institutions issued guidance and recommendations to address these challenges . General coping strategies, loosening of policies, telemedicine, and depot buprenorphine are four main strategies to cope with the challenges posed by the pandemic .
SUMMARY: There were considerable obstacles to maintaining opioid intervention programs during the COVID-19 pandemic . Strategies addressing the obstacles are identified . Research in this area needs to be strengthened.