Opioid overdose admissions are rising in number in St-Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver since the COVID-19 outbreak according to Dr. Daniel Kalla, the head of emergency medicine. The main reason is the restructuring of the health system, causing opioid user services to be transferred to fight COVID-19. Also, loneliness tends to raise opioid consumption. Certain doctors think that the U.S. should adapt their regulations regarding methadone usage.
In addition, over 20% of Canadians are drinking more regularly than usual, according to a research poll from the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction. The results show that anxiety and stress can cause an increase in substance use.
Ben Cousins. B.C. Emergency Doctor Worries of Possible Rise in Opioid Deaths Due to COVID-19. CTV News. April 22, 2020.