COVID-19 stressors fuel surge in overdoses of contaminated street drugs

While the nation has shifted its attention to combating the coronavirus pandemic, the opioid crisis has not gone away, especially in North Carolina. The Tar Heel state saw a spike in overdoses in the spring and early summer months of the pandemic, due largely in part to stressors caused by COVID-19, such as homelessness and job loss. Preliminary state data from 2020 shows a 23 percent increase in overdose-related emergency room visits over the previous year.

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