People with substance use disorders may be more likely to become infected and die of COVID-19, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Molecular Psychiatry.
Specifically, the study found that people with opioid use disorder and tobacco addiction were more likely to die of COVID-19.
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“Drugs inhibit the ability to fight viral and bacterial infections, disrupting immune function,” Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and co-author of the study, told ABC News.
“Opioids inhibit the respiratory centers in the brain.