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COVID-19 may increase overdose-related deaths, health officials worry

April 2020
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For addiction, there is a correlation between weeks in isolation and an increase in deaths related to a drug overdose. The pandemic is a cause of concern to health officials about the safety of people suffering from substance use disorders. The fire and rescue department in Jacksonville, Florida, noted a 20% increase in overdose emergency

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Bendigo police report a rise in drug-affected driving

April 2020
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Despite less traffic being on the road, the number of drug-affected drivers appears on to be on the rise in Bendigo. The local police crew detected 290 traffic offenders during the Easter weekend, and 13 drivers tested positive for drugs. Six offenders were prosecuted for drunk driving, with one having a blood alcohol content of

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Coronavirus pandemic driving up US online alcohol sales

April 2020
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It seems that the coronavirus pandemic has made it easier to access alcohol than it is to buy everyday essentials, such as toilet paper. Still, many US governors share the opinion that alcohol sales are a vital business in these times of need. As accessibility restrictions are loosening, little remains in the way of home

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The opioid crisis meets the coronavirus crisis

April 2020
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It is said that 16 million people are suffering from opioid use disorder, with three million in the US. Throw the coronavirus pandemic into the mix, and many new issues surface as a result. Methadone clinics and face-to-face counselling services are forced to shut down, raising questions about where sufferers will get the help they

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