Colorado sees drug overdose rise with virus-related stress

Colorado News
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths increased in Colorado during the coronavirus pandemic. The Gazette reported that 128 people died of overdoses in May across the state, nearly doubling the average from recent years.

State health department data reported 73 deaths in 2019, 79 in 2018 and 64 in 2017. Mental Health Center of Denver President Dr. Carl Clark said the pattern of overdose deaths is “predictable” and is likely to get worse as the pandemic continues. He said stressful events such as a pandemic increases anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

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