A report from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reveals that opioid overdoses are much higher since the coronavirus pandemic started. The rate of overdose incidents has nearly doubled, from about seven per 100 thousand people in January 2019 to about 13 per hundred thousand in March. The number rose even higher in May. Researchers say stress from the pandemic, a statewide stay-at-home order, increased access to drugs, and social isolation may have led to more dangerous behavior. Officials say the recent trend shows overdoses headed higher again.

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