May 27, 2020

American College of Academic Addiction Medicine
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
Office of National Drug Control Policy

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic when people around the world are urged to stay at home, individuals suffering from substance use disorder (SUD) continue to experience other life and death emergencies. They present with overdose, sepsis from abscesses or infections; they have seizures from withdrawal, and psychosis and suicide attempts from active use of drugs. There is not a hospital in America or a medical specialty that is not touched by patients who suffer from SUD.

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