Caitlin Owens
Oct 30, 2021 - Health

5. America's substance use crisis has spiraled

Old-fashioned illustration of syringes layered on torn paper.
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The forced isolation, disruption to treatment and resource demands created by the pandemic have set America back in its efforts to end the opioid epidemic.

What we're watching: It's not just opioids. The use of other substances, particularly alcohol, increased over the last year and a half, and experts say this may lead to more people struggling with addiction.

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