MedCity News March 15, 2021
The past year has taught everyone the value of a more compassionate and non-punitive approach toward just about everything. Now, it’s time for leaders to take that approach and apply it, with supportive data and knowledge, to mitigating opioid addiction in their communities.
Covid-19 and the ongoing opioid epidemic have combined to form a single crisis that is overwhelming health providers: People who were predisposed to turn to drugs in the hope of alleviating feelings of isolation and despair were pushed further in that direction by stress and social distancing. Although this “twindemic” has posed enormous challenges for healthcare workers, it has also given rise to innovative thinking and new technologies that can help individuals who are suffering.