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COVID-19 and persons with substance use disorders: Inequities and mitigation strategies.
Subst Abus. 2020; 41(3):286-291.SA

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately disrupts the daily lives of marginalized populations. Persons with substance use disorders are a particularly vulnerable population because of their unique social and health care needs. They face significant harm from both the pandemic itself and its social and economic consequences, including marginalization in health care and social systems. Hence, we discuss: (1) why persons with substance use disorders are at increased risk for infection with COVID-19 and a severe illness course; (2) anticipated adverse consequences of COVID-19 in persons with substance use disorders; (3) challenges to health care delivery and substance use treatment programs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; and (4) the potential impact on clinical research in substance use disorders. We offer recommendations for clinical, public health, and social policies to mitigate these challenges and to prevent negative outcomes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Addictions Research Group, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Addictions Research Group, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Addictions Research Group, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Addictions Research Group, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Addictions Research Group, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32697172

Citation

Melamed, Osnat C., et al. "COVID-19 and Persons With Substance Use Disorders: Inequities and Mitigation Strategies." Substance Abuse, vol. 41, no. 3, 2020, pp. 286-291.
Melamed OC, Hauck TS, Buckley L, et al. COVID-19 and persons with substance use disorders: Inequities and mitigation strategies. Subst Abus. 2020;41(3):286-291.
Melamed, O. C., Hauck, T. S., Buckley, L., Selby, P., & Mulsant, B. H. (2020). COVID-19 and persons with substance use disorders: Inequities and mitigation strategies. Substance Abuse, 41(3), 286-291. https://doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2020.1784363
Melamed OC, et al. COVID-19 and Persons With Substance Use Disorders: Inequities and Mitigation Strategies. Subst Abus. 2020;41(3):286-291. PubMed PMID: 32697172.
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TY - JOUR T1 - COVID-19 and persons with substance use disorders: Inequities and mitigation strategies. AU - Melamed,Osnat C, AU - Hauck,Tanya S, AU - Buckley,Leslie, AU - Selby,Peter, AU - Mulsant,Benoit H, PY - 2020/7/23/entrez PY - 2020/7/23/pubmed PY - 2020/7/31/medline KW - COVID-19 KW - addiction KW - alcohol KW - cannabis KW - clinical care KW - clinical research KW - cocaine KW - opioids KW - pandemic KW - substance use disorders KW - tobacco SP - 286 EP - 291 JF - Substance abuse JO - Subst Abus VL - 41 IS - 3 N2 - The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately disrupts the daily lives of marginalized populations. Persons with substance use disorders are a particularly vulnerable population because of their unique social and health care needs. They face significant harm from both the pandemic itself and its social and economic consequences, including marginalization in health care and social systems. Hence, we discuss: (1) why persons with substance use disorders are at increased risk for infection with COVID-19 and a severe illness course; (2) anticipated adverse consequences of COVID-19 in persons with substance use disorders; (3) challenges to health care delivery and substance use treatment programs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; and (4) the potential impact on clinical research in substance use disorders. We offer recommendations for clinical, public health, and social policies to mitigate these challenges and to prevent negative outcomes. SN - 1547-0164 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32697172/COVID_19_and_persons_with_substance_use_disorders:_Inequities_and_mitigation_strategies_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08897077.2020.1784363 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -