Wisconsin Has Double Anticipated Opioid Overdoses

No one argues that COVID-19 has disrupted everyday life. Lack of work, piling bills, needy children, and so much more, has created an overwhelming burden. Anxiety and depression have run rampant, and with it, a substantial increase in drug use.

For Wisconsin, the drug war against opioids is especially troubling. There have been more than twice as many suspected overdoses during the pandemic than during the same time last year.

According to preliminary figures, there are 325 overdoses from March through July 13. In 2019, there were 150 overdoses during the same time span.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services secretary, Andrea Palm, explained that financial pressures and isolation brought on by the pandemic have exacerbated substance abuse problems. More users have turned to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and isotonitazene.

“We know that the pandemic as a whole has caused increased stress and anxiety in just about everybody and anybody,” said Paul Krupski, director of Opioid Initiatives at DHS. “And for individuals who have struggled with substance use and may be currently in treatment for that, this adds an extra layer to the challenges that they are encountering during this pandemic.”

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