Regarding COVID-19 and

Regarding COVID-19

Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) is committed to putting our employees' and clients’ health & safety first. We are closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 along with constant guidance from the CDC, WHO, local government and health agencies.

As we remain open, we will continue to uphold the highest standards for hygiene and sanitation. Our staff is diligently trained in infection control policies, including effective and frequent hand washing. In addition to our regular cleaning procedures, we are taking extra measures to increase sanitation and disinfect our facility.

COVID-19 and Drug Abuse

The most vulnerable individuals to coronavirus are elderly and those with low immune systems. Another vulnerable group is those with nicotine addiction since COVID-19 affects the respiratory system. Studies in China on populations most affected by the virus have shown men account for more than half of the cases there. Several experts believe this gender disparity is occurring because Chinese men are more likely than Chinese women to smoke cigarettes, which weakens the immune system and causes other health issues, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and respiratory difficulties. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that impairs breathing, so smoking can potentially increase the risk of coronavirus complications.

Smoking marijuana may also increase the risk of more dangerous complications when contracting coronavirus. There have been articles shown up on social media making false claims that CBD (a chemical found in cannabis) has medical properties that can treat coronavirus. Although some studies have shown that CBD can be effective in treating pain and anxiety, there is currently no proof that CBD cures or is effective in the treatments of COVID-19. In fact, inhaling hot smoke of any kind can be damaging to the lungs. Individuals smoking marijuana and sharing joints, pipes and paraphernalia, should be aware that they may share saliva and potentially catch or spread the virus.  In that sense, smoking marijuana can play a role in increasing the chances of contracting the coronavirus.

The use of other illicit drugs, such as cocaine, meth, heroin, and hallucinogens, can also put a person at risk of succumbing to coronavirus. Studies have shown that drugs of abuse alter not just neuropsychological and pathophysiological responses, but immune functions as well. Social practices connected with drug abuse, such as sharing contaminated needles or unprotected sex, also increase exposure to infectious pathogens, including COVID-19.

How to Avoid the Virus

Since coronavirus is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets and bodily fluids, you should follow standard sanitary procedures to avoid spreading or contracting COVID-19, including:

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds)
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who shows symptoms of a respiratory illness
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

For alcohol and drug addiction treatment information you can:

Reference:
https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2020/03/covid-19-potential-implications-individuals-substance-use-disorders
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

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