Substance abuse makes Covid-19 even more dangerous

Covid-19—and its corollaries of uncertainty, isolation, and financial distress— is a mix of high-risk factors for developing a substance abuse disorder, or relapsing. Overdoses have gone up, while treatment centers are operating at limited capacity and struggling to stay afloat.

But it isn’t all: New research published yesterday in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, shows substance abuse increases the risk of severe cases of Covid-19.

Looking at the records of over 73 million patients in the US, of whom 12,033 had Covid-19, the study found those who had recently been diagnosed with a substance use disorder were significantly more at risk of Covid-19 than the average population.

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