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Prevention Can Happen Anywhere and Is Essential, Especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 10-16 Is National Prevention Week

May 7, 2020

MERCERVILLE – Mental health and substance use have become even more important topics amid the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as anxiety and depression related to the crisis have led to new and exacerbated cases of mental illness and drug use. In 2014, according to the National Institute for Mental Health, 20.2 million adults in the United States had a substance use disorder. Of the 20.2 million people using substances, 7.9 million also had a mental illness, which makes the treatment of each disorder more difficult. Substance use disorder researchers believe that the trauma associated with a pandemic will increase the rate of addiction. This idea is supported by a 2006 study conducted by the University of South Carolina on alcohol and cigarette use and misuse among Hurricane Katrina survivors. It showed that 36 percent of people surveyed met the criteria for hazardous and harmful drinking.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that smoking and vaping could harm lung cells and lessen the ability to respond to infection. People struggling with an opioid use disorder are also at higher risk for COVID-19 because opioid use slows breathing and can result in a decrease in oxygen in the blood. Individuals who misuse opioids and contract COVID-19 are significantly more vulnerable. Those who have a substance use disorder most likely also have decreased access to health care and housing and a greater likelihood of being incarcerated, which increases vulnerability to coronavirus and other illnesses.

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Coronavirus Resources
To help everyone stay informed about the coronavirus and recommendations that have been shared by various resources, NJAMHAA has consolidated resources. Click here to access links.

    

 

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