Forbes: Collision Of Crises: How Covid-19 Will Propel Drug Overdose From Bad To Worse

Today, with 1.6 million cases and 96,000 deaths and rising in the U.S. alone, the novel coronavirus understandably has dominated every news storyline. But make no mistake, drugs and drug users have not magically disappeared. In fact, a recent study by Well Being Trust and the American Academy of Family Physicians estimates an additional 75,000 lives lost due to substance use and suicide, compounded by isolation and uncertainty. A few concerning examples across the U.S.: a 20% increase in overdose calls in Jacksonville, Florida; a spike in drug-related deaths in Cayuga County, New York; and 13 overdose deaths in five days in Hamilton County, Ohio.
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