The indirect effects that COVID has had on the millions of people struggling with substance use around the US.
Abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin, and other opioids has spiked over the past decade in the United States.
The U.S. is suffering from the highest rate of drug overdose deaths on record. Driving this public health crisis is the opioid epidemic, which claims more than 100 lives daily.
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, declared bankruptcy as part of a tentative deal to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits alleging that they and other opioid manufacturers worsened the US opioid epidemic.