COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

COVID-19: Potential implications for individuals with substance use disorders

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People all over the U.S. and the world are being impacted by the COVID-19 outrbreak, but particularly people with substance use disorders are being impacted and we don't know for certain how it intersects with people with substance use disorders. Educated guesses can be based on past experiences that people with compromised health due to smoking or vaping and people with other substance use disorders. 

This article from DrugAbuse.gov outlines what we know about the virus and provides insight into how those who have substance use disorders may be impacted during this time. Please know that there is help available if you need it. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Hotline 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year toll-free at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Services are available in multiple languages and are available to residents of the U.S. and its territories. 

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