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COVID-19 Risk 10 Times Higher for Opioid Abusers

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Substance use disorders (SUD), especially opioid use disorder (OUD), were found to considerably increase the risk for COVID-19, suggested an analysis of electronic health records (EHR).

Among more than 73 million patients, the risk of COVID-19 was greater among patients diagnosed with an SUD in the past year in comparison with the general population after adjusting for age, gender, race, and insurance type (adjusted odds ratio 8.7, 95% CI 8.4-9.0, P<10−30).

Patients with OUD were shown to have the highest risk (aOR 10.2), followed by patients with tobacco use disorder (aOR 8.2), alcohol use disorder (aOR 7.8), cocaine use disorder (aOR 6.5) and cannabis use disorder (aOR 5.3). The findings are published in Molecular Psychiatry… (Medpage Today)

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