Drug overdose deaths are up about 7% in Massachusetts from September 2019 to September 2020, based on a latest CDC report.
“We have had excessive overdose charges, you realize fairly constantly, so any enhance isn’t good, however there are areas of the nation which have a 50% enhance, a very sharp enhance,” Lisa Blanchard, Vice President of Medical Providers, Spectrum Well being Techniques mentioned.
Lisa Blanchard helps run habit therapy facilities throughout Central Massachusetts. She mentioned fentanyl is partly responsible for a 28% enhance in overdose deaths throughout the nation.
“It is so potent and it retains form of being modified and adjusted,” Blanchard mentioned. “It is simply excessive threat, to make use of opiates typically due to how sturdy the fentanyl is. After which while you add that in to the isolation of the pandemic. Then, I believe that is why we’re seeing this precipitous climb in overdose deaths,” mentioned Blanchard.
Blanchard mentioned utilizing medication and being in isolation is a nasty mixture.
“Utilizing form of by your self places you at larger threat of overdose as a result of there’s no one there to even name for assist, or use Narcan, or to reverse that overdose,” mentioned Blanchard.
Well being leaders have additionally discovered some individuals in long run restoration are relapsing throughout the pandemic.
In the meantime, Blanchard reminds individuals there may be habit therapy accessible throughout the pandemic by in-patient companies and Telehealth.