Nonfatal Opioid Overdoses at an Urban Emergency Department During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  title={Nonfatal Opioid Overdoses at an Urban Emergency Department During the COVID-19 Pandemic.},
  author={Taylor A. Ochalek and Kirk L. Cumpston and Brandon K. Wills and Tamas S. Gal and F. Gerard Moeller},
Nonfatal Opioid Overdoses at an Urban Emergency Department During the COVID-19 Pandemic Psychosocial consequences related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may place individuals at a heightened likelihood of opioid overdose or relapse.1,2 In 1 study,2 emergency medical services responses to opioid overdoses in Kentucky were increased in the early weeks following the COVID-19 state emergency declaration compared with the 52 previous days. This increased risk of opioid overdose may be… 

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