Taubman Institute hosts talk on COVID-19 and addiction

September 29, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

COVID-19 has generated a public health crisis that affects every household. And it’s exacerbating another widespread public health crisis that already was ongoing when the pandemic arrived: addiction and other mental health problems.

During the pandemic, complications from substance use and overdose deaths have been increasing even faster than before. At the same time, it has become more difficult to access the treatments that can help curb some of the effects of addictive drugs.

Jonathan Morrow, M.D., Ph.D., will explain some of the science that links COVID-19 to addiction. Armed with this knowledge, we can identify simple steps we can take to keep ourselves and our loved ones safer during this time of increased risk.

With the correct approach, it is possible to adapt to the many challenges of living through a pandemic, and in some cases we can even use the current circumstances to place ourselves in a better, more secure position than ever before.

This talk is the first in a series of Taubman Healthy You Conversations sponsored by the Taubman Institute and featuring Michigan Medicine’s brilliant researchers and scholars offering practical, lay-friendly information about conditions that affect our daily lives. 

Morrow is a Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Emerging Scholar with the Taubman Institute and an associate professor of psychiatry at Michigan Medicine, working in the substance abuse section of addiction treatment services. 

Please join the talk at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 via Zoom. The 45-minute talk will include a live, interactive question-and-answer session. 

Click here for free registration.