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Addicted In America: Crisis within a pandemic

The acceleration of overdose deaths is a crisis within the COVID pandemic.

In the series “Addicted in America,” ABC7 News will share stories of those living with addiction, resources for help and ways to manage the disruption of daily life as the coronavirus and addiction intertwine.

Isolation isn’t just a result of the pandemic, it’s a requirement.

“It’s been quite problematic for our folks who are suffering from addiction,” said Dr. Lauren Grawert, psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic.

During a Zoom interview with ABC7 News reporter Victoria Sanchez, she said COVID-19 is amplifying substance abuse and triggering relapse for those living with addiction.


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