Breakthrough Covid Looms Larger for Those Fighting Addiction

Oct. 6, 2021, 4:34 PM

Covid-19 breakthrough cases are posing a higher risk to Americans suffering from substance use disorder, due largely to socioeconomic factors and co-occurring health conditions, according to research by the National Institutes of Health.

The NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) analyzed the electronic health records of almost 580,000 vaccinated individuals living in the U.S. and found that people with opioid, cocaine, cannabis and other use disorders were at a significantly higher risk of Covid-19 breakthrough infections.

Among the vaccinated with a substance use disorder, 7% suffered a breakthrough case of Covid-19 during the study, compared to only 3.6% of ...

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