Growing Challenges of Substance Use, Treatment & Recovery During COVID-19
While opioids continue to dominate headlines about drug overdose deaths in the US, fatal overdoses from cocaine and methamphetamines are also on the rise. People with substance use disorder (SUD) are at particular risk during COVID-19 due to the effects of opioids and stimulants on respiratory health, and social distancing measures have created barriers to treatment. The agitated behavior of people using stimulants also places added burden on first responders already overwhelmed by the COVID-19 crisis.
This webinar highlighted efforts to address the growing rate of substance use in this country and outline strategies to mitigate the increased burden on individuals, society and the health care system in the time of COVID-19. Speakers discussed:
- Evidence-based treatment for stimulant abuse, including access to cognitive-behavioral therapy to improve outcomes in individuals with addictive disorders
- Emerging efforts to reduce shame and stigma and better direct individuals to appropriate care
- Strategies to increase access to OUD and SUD treatment during COVID-19, including telehealth and virtual recovery support