How Much Do You Know About Substance Use Disorder?

During a global emergency, National Prevention Week presents an opportunity to build understanding

How Much Do You Know About Substance Use Disorder?
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Christopher Sardegna

Substance misuse is a complex, multifaceted public health problem that affects individuals, families, and communities throughout the United States. The associated issues can often worsen during times of great uncertainty and upheaval. Many people with opioid use disorder, for example, may face difficulties coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, a reality that can lead to more opioid cravings and increased risk for relapse.

Americans can help counteract the risk and harms associated with substance misuse and substance use disorders (SUDs) by understanding how addiction can occur and by promoting effective treatment and prevention strategies in their communities.

National Prevention Week, launched in 2012 by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote substance misuse prevention and education, takes place May 10-16 this year. Answer these eight questions to test your knowledge on this serious issue.

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