Pandemic helped opioid epidemic surge in Ohio

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The three months following our state's shutdown—April, May and June— set a record for the largest spike in opioid overdose deaths in Ohio in a decade.

“COVID-19 has really stolen the show,” said Carole Negus, director of nursing at Stella Maris.

During those months, in the beginning of the pandemic, the phones stopped ringing as much and requests for detox beds dropped at Stella Maris.

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