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 struggles.

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