Surge in Overdose Deaths During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over 87,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses over a 12 month period ending in September 2020.

Without question, there is a link between the increased numbers of people dying from drug overdoses and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fear, stress, job loss, enforced restrictions and closure to vital support services are some of the factors researchers are exploring when examining the impact COVID-19 has had on drug overdoses.

This New York Times article provides an overview of the situation in the United States and some of the measures that are being introduced by the government to try to tackle the concerning trends.

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