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Why the COVID-19 pandemic is making the opioid epidemic worse

29 Sep 2020
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Why the COVID-19 pandemic is making the opioid epidemic worse

This year has been a tough one for many of us, least of all those of us who have developed an addiction to opioids.

Although the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the opioid epidemic won’t be fully understood in western nations for many months to come.

But as you can see from this real-time tracker data, published by rehab4addiction in the UK, overdose deaths in the US are set to significantly increase in 2020.

This is particularly disappointing given overdose deaths were projected to decrease over the next few years.

To fully explore the reasons why the opioid epidemic has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the authors examined hundreds of data points and reports relating to overdose deaths in all 50 US states. (See infographic below) 

(This infographic utilises data from interviews with coroners and real-time trackers of drug-related emergency calls).

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