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COVID-19 Is an Opportunity, Challenge for Addiction Treatment

(Medicinenet, April 30) The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in opportunities to use telemedicine and mental health hotlines for those struggling with substance misuse, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow said.

Marijuana Dependence And Mental Health Risks

(HealthDay News, April 28) People how have a history of marijuana dependence could be more at risk to have mental heath issues, according to a Canadian study.

Using Pot to Help You Sleep? It Could Backfire

(HealthDay News, April 14) Could using marijuana to sleep as a teen actually cause sleep problems later in life? That’s what one study recent suggests.

Marijuana Withdrawal Is Real

(NIDA Blog Team) If someone is dependent or addicted, they may experience withdrawal if they stop using the drug all at once. Withdrawal can be very uncomfortable; it’s part of what makes it hard for someone to stop using a drug.

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Does Your Family Know the Risks of Misusing Opioids?

(NIDA Blog Team, April 13) Opioids can be helpful in treating severe pain when they're taken as directed by a doctor. Like all drugs, though, they can also bring risks.

DEA releases 2020 Drugs of Abuse Resource Guide

This digital guide is a tool for educators, law enforcement, substance misuse practitioners, and the public.

Smoking marijuana could make the lungs more susceptible to COVID-19, experts say

(MSN, April 7) Regular marijuana smokers could have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, according to lung health experts.

Study: Overdose risk doubles for young people with family on opioids

(UPI, March 27) -- According to a recent study, young people who have family on prescription opioids are more than twice as likely to overdose on pain meds.

DEA’s response to COVID-19

(DEA, March 20) – During the unprecedented health emergency caused by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the health and safety of our communities is DEA’s top priority.

COVID-19 Resources from NIDA

(National Institute on Drug Abuse, April 2020) The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for people with substance use disorders and in recovery.