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‘The Drug Became His Friend’: Pandemic Drives Hike in Overdose Deaths

New York Times- BARRE, Vermont — On the first Friday in June, Jefrey Cameron, 29, left his home around midnight to buy heroin. He had been struggling with addiction for seven years but had seemingly turned a corner, holding down a job that he loved at Basil’s Pizzeria, driving his teenage sister to the mall to go shopping and sharing a home with his grandmother. But then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

 

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The coronavirus is fuel on the nation’s opioid addiction fire

New York Daily News- Last week, when Melissa Etheridge announced that her son had died of an opioid overdose, the nation was reminded of the toll that the addiction crisis is taking on families.

Etheridge’s family is not alone. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is fueling the fire of our national addiction epidemic; overdose deaths are on the rise. The combination of social distancing, increased financial stress, loss of work, lack of structured time and uncertainty about the future — coupled with disruption to traditional and local care services — is creating a perfect storm for existing mental health and addiction …

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