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The Deadly Cost Of COVID-19 Lockdowns: “A Hidden Epidemic” Of Drug Overdoses

Bodies are arriving at Anahi Ortiz’s office faster than he can process them. “We’ve literally run out of wheeled carts to put them on,” Ortiz, a coroner in Columbus, Ohio, recently told the Washington Post. The cause of death isn’t the coronavirus, however. It’s drug overdoses. Ortiz says sometimes his office will get as many as nine ODs in a day and a half. The story fits a pattern emerging around the US. Nationwide, the Post reports, public health officials are reporting alarming spikes in drug overdoses—”a hidden epidemic within the coronavirus pandemic.” The numbers are grim. Read more...


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