An Epidemic in the Midst of a Pandemic: Opioid Use Disorder and COVID-19

Ann Intern Med. 2020 Jul 7;173(1):57-58. doi: 10.7326/M20-1141. Epub 2020 Apr 2.


The COVID-19 pandemic is a particularly grave risk to the millions of Americans with opioid use disorder, who—already vulnerable and marginalized—are heavily dependent on face-to-face health care delivery. These authors propose rapid and coordinated action on the part of clinicians and policymakers to mitigate risks of disrupted care for these patients.

Keywords: COVID-19; Food; Health care; Health care providers; Medicare; Opioid addiction; Opioids; Patients; Safety; Telemedicine.

Publication types

  • Editorial