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Dr. Nora Volkow, who heads the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is urging people to stop vaping because of the likelihood it will lead to worse outcomes for people with coronavirus, Kaiser Health News reports.
At the beginning of this year, more than a dozen states appeared likely to legalize marijuana for recreational or medical purposes by the end of 2020. Due to the pandemic, many of those states are unlikely to proceed with legalization this year, according to Vox.
The flow of meth, heroin and other illegal drugs into the United States has slowed during the coronavirus pandemic, the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration told The Wall Street Journal.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, several health insurers, including Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield companies such as Anthem, have begun covering a telemedicine addiction service called Bright Heart Health, according to NPR.