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The Opioid Crisis, Already Serious, Has Intensified During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Wall Street Journal

Overdose deaths rise as job losses and stress from Covid-19 destabilize people struggling with addiction

When Covid-19 struck, the U.S. was already in the grip of an expanding drug-overdose crisis. It has only gotten worse since then.

Counties in states spanning the country, from Washington to Arizona and Florida, are reporting rising drug fatalities this year, according to data collected by The Wall Street Journal. This follows a likely record number of deadly overdoses in the U.S. last year, with more than 72,000 people killed, according to federal projections.


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