The ongoing global pandemic, government lockdowns, job loss, financial stress, and lack of access to support resources have contributed to increased problems with substance abuse and addiction. Overdoses, for example, began to rise again in 2019, after a decline at the end of 2018. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose deaths in the United States rose 4.6% In 2019 to 70,980. When the pandemic hit the United States, it was unknown how it would affect people and the economy. However, governments across the country contributed to millions of Americans losing their jobs, livelihood, and businesses because of forced lockdowns, quarantine, and stay at home orders. As the pandemic and government overreach continued, it was clear that every average American family would be affected somehow. The vulnerable were made more vulnerable, such as addicts and those in recovery.
According to a Well Being Trust report, Projected Deaths of Despair of COVID-19, deaths of despair have been on the rise for the last decade. Amid the pandemic, deaths of despair should be seen as the epidemic within the pandemic, similar to the opioid epidemic. The goal of the report was to predict the added deaths of despair created by the pandemic. Across nine different scena