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Covid-19 has increased “deaths of despair” in the US

Dubbed “deaths of despair”, opioid deaths are a significant reason why the life expectancy of Americans is falling.  

Many drug counsellors will tell you that they are deaths caused by a lack of connection, fuelled by loneliness and a lack of hope.  It is telling that Covid-19 lockdowns and job losses appear to be hugely increasing overdose death rates.