The Washington Post reports that drug overdoses nationally jumped 18% in March, 29% in April, a staggering 42% in May.

Nationwide, federal and local officials are reporting alarming spikes in drug overdoses – a hidden epidemic within the coronavirus pandemic. Emerging evidence suggests that the continued isolation, economic devastation, and disruptions to the drug trade in recent months are fueling the surge. The American Medical Association recently issued a warning, citing reports from officials in 34 states about the increased spread of such synthetic drugs and rising overdoses….Research has established strong links between stagnating economies and increases in suicides, drug use, and overdoses. In recent years, economists Anne Case and Nobel Prize-winner Angus Deaton have dubbed such increasing fatalities as “deaths of despair.”

 ‘Cries for help’: Drug overdoses are soaring during the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post, William Wan and Heather Long

My reflection: These numbers are terrifying. While our country is embroiled in many difficult issues, addiction help and resources have become even more limited. Addiction, overdoses, and deaths are on the rise, and we must pay attention.

Today’s Promise to consider: This is a call to awareness. The statistics say it all: in the month of May, there was a 42% national increase in overdoses. Today, let us be extra attentive to the condition of our loved ones, to their despair, and to their wellness. Addiction is called the ‘disease of isolation.’ Let us reach out to our loved ones, check in on them, and remind them that they are loved and supported. Let us join voices and form a chorus of strength.







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Libby, Two weeks ago, one of my worst nightmares occurred. My son , who had been “clean for 3 years “ , with the exception of smoking pot , overdosed in my house. Luckily, his friend went to check on him while they had all been having a bonfire , and found him down. I had Narcan in the house and it thankfully saved his life. I never heard him come back In and never heard him drop on the floor. He would have been dead! I still cannot get the image of his face, blue and not breathing out… Read more »


Thank you dear Mother .. thank you for the life you saved … thank you Libby and Ann you are doing Everything in your power with love and thank God for drugs that save instead of kill. You saved your son. Yes Libby Narcan education so essential. xo