The pandemic's effects on opioid users in the US and Europe

The pandemic's effects on opioid users in the US and Europe
The pandemic's effects on opioid users in the US and Europe - A patch with fentanyl as the active ingredient is shown by a pharmacist. The synthetic opioid is becoming more common in Europe's drug scene, a worrying development in light of Covid-19. - Carsten Rehder/dpa

Substance abusers are at greater risk of contracting Covid-19, according to recent studies, a worrying fact as use of synthetic opioids gradually increases in Europe.Users of opioids or tobacco face a greater risk of catching the coronavirus and are more likely to suffer a more serious case of Covid-19 and to die, says a recent study by the National Institutes of Health in the US.The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, a trade journal, assessed more than 73 million patients and found that people with opioid use disorder are at a particularly high risk.Nora Volkow, who heads the National ...

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