Drug Overdose Deaths Spike During the Pandemic

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Emerging evidence shows that drug overdose deaths are surging from increased substance abuse driven by feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression during the coronavirus pandemic. Fatal drug overdoses were already ticking upward in 2019, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- a trend the pandemic is accelerating. And more challenging, many treatment programs have been scaled back as the federal government puts some funding for non-COVID-related work on hold indefinitely.

Guests: Dr. Nora Volkow, director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Joanne Spetz, director, UCSF Health Workforce Research Center; associate director of research at the Philip R. Lee Institure for Health Policy Studies and the UCSF Healthforce Center

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