(IntegrityMag.com) – The COVID-19 pandemic has been the most visible public health crisis in the United States over the last two years, but it has by no means been the only one. The opioid crisis was causing major problems before the pandemic arrived, and it’s only become worse since last March. According to a report from the American Medical Association, pandemic-related factors have exacerbated the opioid epidemic in many ways.
The numbers show fatalities related to opioid abuse have become more common since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Issues related to providing care for those suffering from opioid addiction have also become more difficult.
A complicating factor is the use of illicit opioids rather than regulated products users obtain via prescription. Many opiate abusers in 2021 used fentanyl, often accidentally because it’s a common adulterant in heroin and other drugs. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic compound that’s far more likely to cause an overdose than traditional opioids, particularly when users are unaware they’re taking it. Fentanyl trafficking across the nation’s southwest border highlights the crucial security issues the nation faces.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 21, 2021
Will the opioid crisis settle down as we approach the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, or are we watching the beginning of a far more serious and long-lasting issue?
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