As different countries deal with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic one major crisis remains increasingly overshadowed in the nation — the opioid crisis. This year has been marked by the toll of the coronavirus pandemic — on our economy, mental health, and overall livelihood. The year 2020 has also been marked by the divisive political climate that preceded the US presidential race. Thus, the opioid epidemic left the center stage.
The opioid epidemic has been a major US problem for several years now.
Despite the crisis’s public health emergency status, overdose rates decreased in 2018 and federal leaders decided to defund the Office of National Drug Control Policy. By last year, opioid overdoses were on the rise again.
Aside from the aforementioned occasions, the opioid crisis remains overshadowed.
Although there are no official numbers to show whether or not opioid abuse and overdoses have been worsening through 2020, independent surveys conducted by different media outlets and individual states are reporting overdoses and drug-related deaths are increasing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In general, medical services have also gone through some drastic changes because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which means the way most patients receive addiction treatment and mental health services have been altered.
Professionals encourage anyone who may be struggling or observing signs of dependence to seek treatment as soon as possible because treatment remains available and essential throughout the global changes.