COVID-19 Impact

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Study

Nonfatal opioid overdoses at an urban emergency department during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ochalek TA, Cumpston KL, Wills BK, et al. JAMA. 2020;Epub Sept 18.

The opioid epidemic is an ongoing patient safety issue. This study examined the impact of the COVID-19 state emergency declaration on nonfatal, unintentional opioid-related overdoses. The authors identified a greater number of opioid overdoses occurring between March 1 to June 30, 2020 compared to March 1 to June 30, 2019, and that Black patients made up a larger proportion of the overdose visits compared with the previous year. These results highlight the potential impact of COVID-19 on racial/ethnic disparities.