Climate change worsens health impacts, increasing substance use
Climate change is causing immediate and worsening health impacts, with over 120 researchers outlining five ways it could increase harmful substance use. Mental health is affected by extreme weather events, leading to increased distress and the risk of substance use. Worry and physical injuries also contribute to harmful substance use. Climate change disrupts daily lives and destabilizes communities, prompting acute and chronic stress responses. Politicians are urged to take action, with multidimensional prevention strategies needed.