COVID-19 and Addiction: Risks and Resources

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COVID-19 and Addiction: Risks and Resources. National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse logo in bottom right corner.

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People with substance use disorders or who are in recovery face unique challenges.

The risk of COVID-19, and its complications, may be higher in people who:

Smoke or vape

Use Methamphetamine

Have a substance use disorder or

Are homeless or incarcerated

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Social restrictions can put people in recovery at risk for relapse or overdose.

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Physical distancing can hinder community support.

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Reduced income or job loss can be stressful

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People may have difficulty accessing treatments, including:

  • Naloxone, to reverse overdose
  • Buprenorphine and
  • Methadone, to treat opioid addiction

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People with addiction and substance use disorders still experience stigma.

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Support, compassion, and recognition are important.

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If someone you love is struggling, please reach out to them.

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NIDA can help if you’re looking for resources.

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Go to drugabuse.gov for more information.

Logo: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse

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