Opioid and substance use disorders were major issues before COVID-19 shook the world. And while everyone is at risk, those already struggling with substance abuse were thrown into a perfect storm.
Experts have tragically observed that a year of isolation and social distancing due to the pandemic has aggravated the Opioid Crisis. In many ways, the stresses of the pandemic pushed people who may have been making progress with their opioid use disorder back toward substance dependency to cope with all that is happening.
In this episode, we're talking with Dr. Halena Gazelka, an anesthesiologist who serves on the Opioid Stewardship Program Subcommittee at the Mayo Clinic.
If you need help with an opioid or a substance use disorder, reach out to the Mayo Clinic at https://www.mayoclinic.org/.
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