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Looking at substance use during COVID 19
Covid-19 pandemic saw a surge in drug overdoses, with overdose deaths increasing by 32.6% between September 2019 and September 2020 due to increased stress and social isolation (Bolinski, et al., 2022). This is because several harm reduction programs (including sterile syringes and equipment, pipes and pipe-covers, fentanyl test strips, naloxone, and sexual safety products such as condoms, and lubricants) across the US had to cut back on their services, which reduced access to opioid addiction treatment (Bolinski, et al., 2022). This became common as staff started getting sick due to COVID or taking care of their ill family members. This negatively affected access to these programs leading to increased depression, anxiety, potential for drug overdose, and mortality (Bolinski, et al., 2022).