Issue Brief: Reports of Increases in Opioid-Related Overdose and Other Concerns During COVID Pandemic [open pdf - 0B]
From the Document: "As the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] global pandemic continues, so does the nation's opioid epidemic. The AMA [American Medical Association] is greatly concerned by an increasing number of reports from national, state and local media suggesting increases in opioid-related mortality--particularly from illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. More than 30 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder in counties and other areas within the state. This also includes new reports about the need for evidence-based harm reduction services, including sterile needle and syringe services and naloxone."
2020 American Medical Association
American Medical Association: https://www.ama-assn.org/