Publication date: May 28, 2020
Katherine Baicker, Don Simborg and Immanuel Thangaraj, Opinion contributors Published 5:00 a. m. ET May 27, 2020 | Updated 10:58 a. m. ET May 27, 2020 CLOSE Whether it’s cocaine, vaping or even your phone, addiction can alter your brain without you even being aware.
We’re desperately seeking new tools to fight COVID-19 – from vaccines to antivirals to technology – but we already have underused tools to fight opioid deaths.
The Health and Human Services inspector general concluded, -The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic makes the need to look at this population even more to mental health The COVID-19 pandemic tragically fuels the root causes of the opioid crisis, including depression, unemployment, poverty, social alienation and many other -conditions of despair. “
But beyond there is another set of institutional factors that may cause the COVID-19 pandemic to worsen the opioid crisis, and that’s the change in the way we access health care.
Job loss, anxiety, isolation: Coronavirus is a prescription for more opioid use Telemedicine is playing a vital role in providing access to health care during the pandemic – but it may paradoxically have the unintended consequence of accelerating these overdose deaths.
And one of the few policy tools available to check for patients -opioid shopping” by going to multiple providers – state-level prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) – does not work across state lines.
It seems like we are already experiencing COVID-19’s impact on opioid overdoses, with multiple reports showing a sharp local increases in opioid deaths.
Opioid deaths grew: Drugmakers and distributors still made and sold pills ‘like Doritos’ The COVID-19 crisis is unlikely to resolve quickly, and expanded access to telemedicine may be a boon for underserved patients even after it passes.
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