“Collision of Epidemics”: Coronavirus Pandemic Worsening Opioid Overdose Crisis

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, experts feared that the opioid crisis would get worse and preliminary data shows those fears are justified. Recent research shows that accessing addiction treatment is also becoming more difficult for Americans. Now, experts are calling for governors and state legislators to take action to counteract the effects of the “collision of epidemics”.

“Many individuals are experiencing triggers, such as family- or job-related stress, that may lead them to relapse”, said Barbara Andraka-Christou, assistant professor of health management and informatics at the University of Central Florida. Many people are losing their jobs and the funds necessary to pay for lifesaving health care. Those of us working in public health research are very worried.”

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