The COVID-19 pandemic presented unprecedented challenges to the addiction community and to those providers who serve persons living with substance use disorders: Drug-seeking behaviors increased exposure to COVID-19 and great social isolation complicated and often interrupted access to social supports, treatment, and healthy distractions. This course looks at the effects of those factors on people struggling with opioid use.
The course seeks to:
- Offer an update on the state of the opioid crisis.
- Describe the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the opioid crisis.
- Present novel approaches that have helped to maintain access to evidence-based treatments.
Presenter: Dr. Joji Suzuki
Joji Suzuki, MD, is the Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston