From the Document: "After more than a decade of increases, overdose deaths finally saw a decline in 2018 (the most recent year for which we have data). Yet, this positive trend came to an abrupt end in early 2020 as the United States faced COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo officially put the state on 'pause' as of March 22, 2020. To enable social distancing, non-essential employees were sent home to work and non-essential businesses temporarily closed to the public. Substance use, however, did not take a break. According to one substance-use provider, flattening the curve for opioid overdose deaths 'took millions and millions of dollars and a lot of innovative practices… it took a lot to reach that point and… we now have COVID.'"
Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
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