Data shows rise in overdose deaths during the pandemic

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DENVER (AP) — Health experts in Colorado warn that early 2020 data indicates a rise in overdose deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, even as the federal government has distributed grants to rural hospitals for prevention and treatment programs.

Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment recorded 443 overdose from January to April 2020. That is more than 40% of the total overdose deaths recorded in 2019 in Colorado. The numbers have confirmed fears held by opioid prevention experts that the overdose crisis might worsen as a result of the pandemic — thanks to exacerbating social isolation, stress, and job losses affecting many Coloradans.

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