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The pandemic of the new coronavirus and the increase in hospital admissions due to psychoactive substance use in Brazil

Journal of Neurology & Stroke
Luiz Phillipe Silva Azevedo, Marina Maria Gonzaga Moreira 

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The spread of SARS-CoV-2 and its complications in the global context induced measures to control the Covid-19 pandemic and, on 03/23/2020, the World Health Organization recommended social isolation. In addition to fear and uncertainty, the abrupt change in lifestyle habits and changes in the sleep-wake cycle favor the emergence of psychoactive substance use disorders. These substances act on the mesocorticolimbic pathway and influence the reward system, which has the function of increasing the propensity to repeat an activity, increasingly conditioning the use as a form of escape from psychological suffering. In this context, the present study sought to analyze the number of hospitalizations resulting from the use of psychoactive substances in Brazil during the pandemic period.


coronavirus, substance, adolescents