COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sadly, opioid overdose deaths have increased dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic. The Franklin County coroner reported a 73.4% increase in opioid overdose deaths between January and June 2020. In fact, drug overdoses killed more Ohioans in May than in any month during the last 14 years.
As we’ve seen, overdose cases tend to increase during times of despair and economic uncertainty like the COVID-19 pandemic. Young adults are particularly susceptible to boredom, loneliness, stress and depression brought on by months of isolation, missed opportunities and daily routines that have been turned upside down.