Created: September 29, 2020 05:53 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Tuesday, Mayo Clinic doctors and specialists held a meeting talking about the opioid crisis during the pandemic.
Medical experts say as 200,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19, it is not the only medical tragedy this year.
Experts say there is a lack of resources put into preventative care, or resources for those battling opioid addiction because resources are now diverted to patients with COVID.
Another reason people are afraid of seeking medical treatment is because of the fear of catching the virus.
"There are a lot of issues at play here just as there are with so many parts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and lots of people working on solutions," said Halena Gazelka, Chair of the Mayo Clinic Opioid Stewardship Program.
"We need to work faster because in 40 states, at least, the rates of overdose deaths are increased during COVID-19 and steadily increasing."
Experts encourage family to recognize concerns such as spotting behavior changes.
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