Friday, April 10, 2020
The piece raises several important concerns regarding COVID-19 for specific vulnerable populations.
The precarious intersection of the COVID-19 national health emergency and the concurrent epidemic of drug overdose deaths is outlined in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week by Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Volkow discusses how the serious health risks of COVID-19 pose unique challenges to people who smoke or vape, are already struggling with substance use disorders (SUD), or are in recovery from addiction.
The Ideas and Opinions piece raises several important concerns regarding COVID-19 for specific vulnerable populations, including:
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Annals of Internal Medicine, go to: Collision of the COVID-19 and Addiction Epidemics https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2764313/collision-covid-19-addiction-epidemics
For more information, NIDA has a web page dedicated to COVID-19 resources for people in addiction treatment or recovery.
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