Why are opioids back in focus as killers?
In August, the CDC published survey results that highlight how COVID-19 is driving increased substance abuse for 18-24 year olds.
- 75% suffered adverse mental or behavioral health issues
- 63% suffered anxiety or depressive disorder
- 25% started or increased substance use to cope with these stressors.
COVID has brought fear of the unknown, financial hardship for many families, isolation and deviation from normal routines with it. Not surprisingly, self-medication follows; sadly overdoses and fatalities have increased as an outcome. As we know, young people are especially vulnerable.
The New York Times article you will find at the “Read Here” link below is one we share to remind us all that the pressures are very real for those who may have developed or exacerbated chemical dependencies during this pandemic. And serves as a reminder that remaining diligent in identifying substance abusers in the workplace is likely more critical today than before the pandemic.
Safeguarding workplaces and campuses after COVID-19.
If you missed our article detailing three historical perspectives on how and why people self-medicate as a coping tactic you can find it here. It may help protect your campus when students and staff return.