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'Health Yeah!' Podcast: The pandemic's effect on the opioid crisis

Overdoses have risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, including here in Ohio.

CLEVELAND — This episode is about the opioid epidemic and how the pandemic is impacting those battling addiction. 

A new report just released by the CDC found the number of overdose deaths has reached 100,000. That’s the largest single-year toll ever recorded. The study looked at deaths from April 2020, the beginning of the pandemic, until April 2021.

Ohio is no stranger to the opioid epidemic and in past years has been one of the leading states for drug overdose deaths in the nation. Experts say the current overdose deaths are largely from fentanyl in meth and cocaine. Ohio saw an increase of almost 21% in overdose deaths.

The state recently started a "Beat the Stigma" education marketing campaign and Ohio received $24 million from the recent opioid settlement from one drug company earlier this year. But what will it take to get control of a problem that seems to be once again spiraling out of control? 

To help sort through it, I gathered a panel of experts in the field.

Watch this episode of 'Health Yeah!' with Monica Robins in the player below.

Jason Joyce is the Executive Director of Hitchcock Center for Women. He’s also a Licensed Clinical Counselor and Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.

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Thomas Stuber is the President and Chief Legislative Officer of The LCADA Way and an Adjunct Professor of Addiction Counseling at LCCC. He recently retired as CEO of The LCADA Way after leading the organization for the past 21 years.

Pam Bouyer is Clinical Director at the Women's Recovery Center and John Lisy is the Executive Director of the Shaker Heights Youth Center.

Websites and Resources:

https://www.womensctr.org/

https://thelcadaway.org/

https://www.hcfw.org/

https://www.shakerheightsyouthcenter.org/

https://www.adamhscc.org/

http://opiatecollaborative.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/Treatment-Providers.aspx

https://www.emeraldjennyfoundation.org/

https://namigreatercleveland.org/resources/community-resources/

https://mha.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/mha/

https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov/cleveland/resources/local-state-and-national-resources

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