Author: Amelia Williams
The coronavirus pandemic, despite everyone’s best efforts, has brought out the worst in some people. Coping with the loss of jobs, family, friends and life’s day-to-day activities has spurred an increase in unhealthy outcomes across demographics, including alcohol consumption, illicit drug use and mental health emergencies.
Of the substances that many Americans (and Canadians) turned to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, cannabis and opioids were two of the most common. While it’s been noted there has never been a reported death that could be attributed directly to cannabis, opioid overdose fatalities increased across the U.S. For example, data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention indicates almost 70,000 people overdosed on opioids in 2020, many of them involving fentanyl.
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