“Since COVID-19 outbreak drug overdoses and relapses have been on the rise. The director of the National Institute on Drug Addiction, estimates that drug overdoses have increased 30-40 percent since the outbreak. Due to COVID-19 people who do need help are hesitant to get it, while those who started treatment are relapsing because of isolation. “

“The number of opioid-related deaths being investigated by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has doubled in the first six months of this year compared to the same time period last year. The medical examiner’s office said Tuesday it likely has confirmed around 770 opioid deaths so far and has another 580 pending cases, most of which will likely be overdose-related. In 2019, the first half of the year marked 605 opioid-related deaths. And for all of 2019, there were 1,267 opioid-related deaths, Chief Medical Examiner Ponni Arunkumar said during a morning news conference.”

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has expedited its process to release emergency grants to strengthen access to treatments for substance use disorders and mental illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“People with substance abuse disorders were the victims of an epidemic and now we have an epidemic amid a pandemic. I worry although we’re delivering a lot of treatment by phone, Zoom, and FaceTime there really is no substitute for face-to-face encounters with the care of an individual a lot of programs are limiting admissions for new patients in part because there is a problem getting person protection equipment like masks and gloves.”

“Opioid medications bind to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotions driving up feelings of the feel good hormone dopamine in the brain’s rewards areas and producing an intense feeling of Euphoria.”

Those suffering from opioid use disorders shouldn’t be overlooked during this pandemic. Patients with substance use disorders face multiple challenges aside from being able to gain access to the medications that are necessary for their treatment. These challenges include poverty, lack of access to affordable housing, and symptoms from other chronic health conditions.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders”.

It is crucial to recognize these rising statistics and encourage those suffering to get the help they need to recover.