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Reducing Opioid Overdose Risk During COVID-19

June 11, 2020

Several media reports, accounts from service providers, and evidence from some states are pointing to an increase in the rate of opioid overdose since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States. Contributing factors to this escalation include disrupted access to consistent supply, social isolation, and the reluctance of bystanders and first responders to attempt resuscitation with people who overdose due to concerns about infection transmission. Download this brief - the first in a three-part series on opioid overdose prevention and response - for a summary of strategies that workers in opioid use disorder services can share with people who use drugs to help them minimize their risk of overdose.

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