Drug Testing and COVID-19

The hidden epidemic: drug overdoses rising during COVID-19

Data is revealing a troubling national trend in drug abuse

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on Americans’ health. The potentially deadly infections caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus as well as the measures that society has taken to curb the spread have come with distinct challenges. Those suffering from opioid addiction are particularly at risk.

Opioid abuse and overdoses were already a critical nationwide crisis before the pandemic. Crucial resources and support systems for this highly vulnerable population are now facing service limitations and interrupted operations. Every minute counts when diagnosing and treating overdoses, and that has never been more true than now.

  • Social Isolation
  • Limited Access to Services
  • Changing Drug Supply Chains

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