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Q&A: Communication Strategist Breaks Down How to Talk About Addiction and COVID-19’s Impact on Appalachia’s Opioid Crisis
The Opioid Effect
The stigma associated with addiction and drug use in Appalachia and across the country has created a problem for people who are seeking access to care, says researcher Jennifer Reynolds.
Reynolds is a communication strategist for the ORAU, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and has spent 15 years researching how to communicate about drug addiction and opioid use with the public.
The Opioid Effect
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that drug overdose mortality rates are rising around the country and that “anecdotally, partners in Appalachia attribute those most recent trends to the impact of COVID-19,” according to a December article for the Journal of Appalachian Health.
Additional research by Well Being Trust and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care reports that more than 150,000 lives could be lost to drug and alcohol use and suicide throughout the pandemic, with an additional 75,000 being directly related to pandemic isolation and the mental health impacts brought by COVID-19.
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