The coronavirus and efforts to fight it could be fueling opioid deaths

The coronavirus and efforts to fight it could be fueling opioid deaths

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.

Concepts Keywords
Addiction Pain
Antivirals Drug abuse
Anxiety Pain management
Brain RTT
Chicago Psychoactive drugs
Cocaine Opioids
Coronavirus Opioid use disorder
Dean Drug overdose
Death Rate Heroin
Dedmon Oxycodone
Depression Prescription monitoring program
Drug Abuse Telemedicine
Overdose Deaths
Pain Management
Prescription Drug
Public Policy
Small Business
Unemployment Benefits
Unintended Consequence


Type Source Name
disease MESH drug abuse
disease MESH anxiety
drug DRUGBANK Nonoxynol-9
drug DRUGBANK Cocaine
disease MESH unemployment
disease MESH depression
disease MESH communities
disease MESH opioid abuse
disease MESH access to health care
drug DRUGBANK Diamorphine
drug DRUGBANK Oxycodone
disease MESH death

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