Coronavirus isolation could mean death for America’s opioid addicts

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA. — It is two days before Brian McCarthy is supposed to celebrate a very important occasion in his life: 11 years of sobriety. This kind of moment is typically shared joyfully with friends and fellow members of the recovery community.

Instead, McCarthy will be isolated, like most of us, away from the spread of the coronavirus. Currently holed up in his suburban two-story home with his wife and two children in Peters Township, a half-hour’s drive from Pittsburgh, he says this type of isolation is his biggest fear.

“It is usually such a time of celebration and reflection. It’s a really big deal because the clean time you achieve is so important. Heck, it has been as important if not more important than my birthday,” he said.

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