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ARC's Annual Summit, a 4 session series titled Economic Innovation + Ingenuity During COVID-19: An Appalachian Perspective, addressed Appalachia's dual pandemics: Substance Abuse and COVID 19.
Learn how to establish a naloxone distribution program that limits travel and provides for social distancing.
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the Unites States, mental health and addiction services professionals understand all too well the uncertainty that is taking a toll on people's mental health. Health care providers in Kentucky recently reported a 20 percent increase in calls to suicide prevention hotlines in their state, and while Ohio hasn’t yet measured a direct impact, its local mental health community is working together feverishly to build an arsenal of tools and resources to help people cope with increased fear and anxiety. Dr. Holly Raffle, Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs, leads the Programmatic Partnership for Community-Based Prevention for Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
A March 12 blog post from Dr. Nora Volkow describes how the respiratory effects of COVID-19 may be particularly affecting for individuals with substance use disorder. People who use or who have OUD already face challenges to their respiratory health since opioids act in the brainstem to slow breathing. Additionally diminished lung capacity from COVID-19 could put this population at greater risk of mortality.