Studies Show that Covid-19 Increased Opiate Overdoses

The opioid epidemic that has been continuing to dramatically ruin lives too soon and take over communities in all fifty states was and still a battle not yet overcome. When the COVID-19 pandemic occurred in early 2020, the United States and most of the world were forced to put other dangerous diseases to the side. Unfortunately, just because the pandemic slowed down the world, it did not slow down drug addictions, particularly opioid addictions. Recently ABC News reported on a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Psychiatry.

More About Studies on Opioid-Related Deaths During the Pandemic

CBS states how JAMA published an extensive study and documented opiate drug use and emergencies that occurred through 2020. They found evidence of growing opiate overdose occurrences that prove the opioid crisis did get worse. Medical communities all agree that now more than ever, the government must refocus on helping heroin, prescription opioid addictions, and other opiate addicts recover. JAMA’s research as scripted in the ABC News report states:

In a large cross-sectional study published in JAMA Psychiatry on Feb. 3 that analyzed nearly 190 million emergency department (ED) visits, researchers found significantly higher rates of visits to EDs for opioid overdoses during March to October 2020 when compared against the same dates in 2019. The study found that, from mid-April onward, the weekly rates of ED visits for drug overdoses increased by up to 45% compared to the same period in 2019. Overall, ED visits for opioid overdoses were up 28.8% year over year. (ABC News)

Studies Show that Covid-19 Increased Opiate Overdoses

Increase in Opioid-Related Deaths During Covid-19

ABC interviewed the director of the Centers for Disease Control, who stated that the increase of overdose deaths due to opiates was a result of the sheltering in place and the restrictions on movement leading to individuals who were addicted to opiates being desperate as well as not having enough of the drug causing them to go through withdrawals and more easily overdose.

People addicted to opiates will begin to detox the drug out of their system if they do not use it every day and frequently. Once the detox occurs, their bodies are more susceptible to overdose. The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances in science and health explain that overdose occurs when a person does not tolerate the drug. They refer to drug tolerance as ‘unopposed stimulation’ and detail the severity of the opiate overdose epidemic in the United States:

Opioid overdose occurs when a person has excessive unopposed stimulation of the opiate pathway. This can lead to decreased respiratory effort and possibly death. The frequency of opioid overdose is rapidly increasing. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with opioids being the most common drug. The CDC currently estimates more than 1000 emergency department visits daily related to the misuse of opioids and about 91 opioid overdose deaths every day. (NCBI)

Experimenting With New Opiates Bought Online During Covid-19 Lockdowns

The COVID-19 shelter in place orders and other limits means that heroin and other opiate addicted people also have likely been experimenting with other more potent opiates to get high. Illegal Fentanyl manufacturing and availability has also increased in all cities during the pandemic. Many people search the “dark web” and purchase synthetic opioids much stronger than fentanyl and the results are often deadly. The solution to the opiate crisis is to help the individuals strung out on opiates first get clean. Medically supervised detox programs help people with safe and effective medications get free of the addiction.

Find Opiate Addiction Help During Coronavirus

Connecticut Addiction Resources has medically supervised opiate detox centers that are overseen by doctors, psychiatrists, and other addiction specialists. Our medical team assesses each client within a half-hour of arrival. They are then given medication to minimize and stop physical, mental, and emotional withdrawal symptoms. The medicines that are prescribed allow the person to rest and detox safely and painlessly from heroin.

To begin admitting someone into a professional treatment center for opiate addiction in Connecticut, the first step is to call one of our addiction recovery specialists. In a brief 5-minute phone call, the specialists will be able to make all detox and treatment arrangements for admission within 24 hours. We provide all door-to-door travel, handle insurance billing and make payment arrangements over the phone. We remain in support of the individual who needs help and their families through the entire admission process.


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