Opioids Overdose Leads To More Deaths During COVID-19

COVID-19 and Opioids

Coronavirus disrupts the economies of countries across the globe. Furthermore, it has a devastating impact on the social life and mental and physical health of the individuals. Every person, one way or another, is under the effect of the COVID-19. Social isolation, financial issues, and mental health problems are some prominent effects of the coronavirus. Furthermore, the number of depressed patients increases drastically during the lockdown. 

Opioids are drugs given for pain relief. However, the overdose of opioids causes a feeling of euphoria. Thus, patients begin to take opioids in high concentrations. Moreover, the overdose of opioids is causing an increase in deaths in the States. Mr. Trump declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency in 2017. Furthermore, he passed a bill increasing federal opioid funding to record levels in 2018. However, due to a shortage of medical professionals and COVID-19 pandemics, progress is slow.

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Impact of COVID-19 

COVID-19 disturbed the normal rhythm of the life of every person. Due to the virus, the governments need to impose lockdowns and curfews. Furthermore, many people lose their jobs. Some had families to support, and others were living all alone during the pandemic. Moreover, no one knows when they would be able to live in a coronavirus-free world. Those who develop the coronavirus infection suffer more physical loss while others suffer mental health problems. 

Continuously living in a stressful environment with no hope for the future builds in anxiety and leads to depression. Thus, more people develop mental health issues during COVID-19 pandemics. Furthermore, it can lead to more serious mental health-related issues. Anxiety and depression cause the person to think negatively. Also, the person becomes socially inactive. Moreover, such an individual feels safe while living alone away from the crowd. Their work performance reduces. Furthermore, they become less confident. Moreover, in critical situations, a depressed patient begins to have suicidal thoughts. 


Opioids are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant. Furthermore, these drugs relieve moderate-to-severe pain and work to produce a variety of effects. Opioids make people feel relaxed or happy. Moreover, they cause addiction and produce euphoria in its users. The highly addictive opioid is the heroine. Opioids are known as narcotics. Thus, they do not fall under Over-The-Counter drugs. However, other pain relievers do come under OTC drugs. The most commonly used opioids are OxyContin, Vicodin, fentanyl, and heroin. Furthermore, during COVID-19 pandemics opioids consumption also increases.  

The use of opioids regularly increases your dependence and tolerance for opioids. Furthermore, over time, opioids require higher and more frequent doses. Moreover, the risk of becoming an opioid addict is high. High doses of opioids can also cause breathing problems. Meanwhile, when misused, it can lead to a fatal overdose. Furthermore, additional side-effects include respiratory depression, constipation, nausea, confusion, and drowsiness. Moreover, during the COVID-19 lockdown, medical professionals observed an increase in opioid-overdose-deaths.

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Opioids Overdose in COVID-19 Lockdown

Several states in the United States are reporting a spiking increase in opioid overdose deaths during the COVID-19 lockdown situation. According to Rebecca Shultz, substance abuse disorder increases alarmingly during pandemics. Furthermore, a 50% rise in overdoses that is equal to more than 35000 additional deaths occurring in 2020. According to the county health department, opioid overdose deaths in Onondaga County, N.Y., doubled this year. As per the saying of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon showed a 70% increase in overdose deaths. 

Tom Jeanne is the deputy state health officer and deputy state epidemiologist. According to Tom, COVID-19 develops stress that can lead to harmful levels of alcohol consumption and other drug abuse. According to Aaron Frey, an increase in opioid-overdose-deaths is due to the rise in social isolation during pandemics. Xavier Becerra is the Attorney General of California. According to Becerra, in some counties, the number of deaths by opioids-overdose is higher than the deaths from COVID-19. 

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Adeena Tariq Lari

The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.

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