Addressing Rise in OUD Rates Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

In his recent article in Behavioral Healthcare Executive, “Stopping the ‘Other’ Surge: Addressing Rise in OUD Rates Amid Pandemic,” Dr. Anton C. Bizzell discusses how patients and their healthcare partners are finding ways to manage their chronic diseases during the pandemic. It is important to remember that addiction is one of these chronic diseases, and it can be managed, even into recovery.
People who use opioids at high doses may be more susceptible to COVID-19 and the illness may be more severe. “We must remain determined to confront the complications that the novel coronavirus has added to our opioid crisis, to provide hope and treatment to this highly vulnerable population,” Dr. Bizzell writes.
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