Why are overdose deaths surging amid COVID-19?

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As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, opioid overdose deaths are surging nationwide. 

This increase in opioid overdose deaths is likely linked to COVID-19 restrictions and closures that have hindered access to treatment and recovery services for those suffering from substance use disorder. 

The American Medical Association issued a report stating that it’s “greatly concerned by an increasing number of reports from national, state and local media suggesting increases in opioid-related mortality—particularly from illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs.”

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