A global study of the escalation of substance use and its association with mental health symptoms during the early wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic impact were associated with widespread anxiety, depression, and psychological distress which may increase addictive behaviors.
An increase in substance use and other addictive behaviors was reported during previous disasters such as terrorist incidents, natural disasters, and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, and then expected during COVID-19 pandemic.

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