DRUG ADDICTION AMID THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC
We must admit that the Covid 19 pandemic has made it difficult for everyone. It is undeniable that people have been affected in many ways not only their physical well-being but also their mental health. With a lost connection from their usual routine and limited closure to their loved ones and friends, everything seems to be difficult and stressful. It is in this kind of situation that most people are longing for human connection. And when people cannot find this support around them, they tend to search it to other things such as alcohol and drugs to at least make the situation less difficult and bearable.
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This has been true in the case of many Americans. The huge consumption of alcohol and drug abuse problem is no longer new in the case of the United States, but the pandemic had made it even worst. Valentic (2020) pointed out the sudden surge of alcohol sales and drug substance abuse during the community shutdown. Similar to the statistics made by Millenial Health, a national drug-testing laboratory, cited by Sparks (2020) in his article on EHS Today, it showed a significant increase in drug abuse such as 32% for non prescribed fentanyl, 20% for methamphetamine, 12.5% for heroin and 10% for cocaine, accompanied by an 18% increase in suspected drug overdoses. The number shows how drug addiction is becoming more problematic and alarming. It rings a bell for the government to take necessary action for this serious issue to be prevented if not resolved since it is becoming more deadly.