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Mission: To enable our partners, faith based organizations, and communities to address the holistic health of families in South Carolina. 
COVID-19 is a virus that can cause serious health problems, even death.  Many studies have concluded that the virus primarily affects the lungs by damaging their ability to function.  This is typically caused by inflammation, which can lead to life-threatening respiratory failure.  The virus can also impair heart function and interfere with the body’s immune system, resulting in serious disruption of the functions of the body’s other organ systems, such as the liver, kidney, stomach, and colon.  
Smoking, Vaping, and COVID-19
Studies have revealed that tobacco smoke and vape emissions affect the ability of the lungs functioning properly placing the body at a higher risk for COVID-19. People who smoke and vape also have a higher risk of developing asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a long-term disease that affects how well air flows through the lungs. Additionally, studies have also found that menthol and other flavorings in tobacco and vaping products can make lung infections worse.
Opioids, Substance Abuse, and
In addition to the general effects of the virus on people’s overall health and immune systems, drugs have serious damaging effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. In particular, opioids (oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl) and methamphetamines reduce the function of the lungs and heart. These impacts include constricting blood vessels in the lungs, thereby depressing lung function, and impairing blood flow to the heart, threatening the normal workings of all other body systems.  
Cancer and COVID-19
For most people who contract COVID-19, they will experience mild to moderate symptoms similar to a severe cold or the flu.  But those who have compromised immune systems or are medically fragile will require immediate medical attention and probable hospitalization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with seniors at the highest risk.  In addition, people with certain medical conditions are also at increased risk.
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19.
Training Opportunities
Young Professionals Opioid Epidemic Roundtable 
Two Opportunities to Participate!
Oct 14, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
When: Nov 4, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Opioid Epidemic Roundtable 
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