With many questioning if the lockdowns even worked in stemming the COVID pandemic, reports are coming in that opioid usage dramatically escalated during the Lock downs.
The Daily Wire explains:
County health departments across the country are measuring a significantly increased number of opioid deaths over last year’s data and over deaths tallied in the first few months of the year before widespread stay-at-home orders were put in place, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have hit addicts and those struggling to stay sober particularly hard. Social distancing rules and fear of the virus have driven people to stay much more isolated from society and limited the typical tools for people struggling with addiction, such as sessions with therapists.
One therapist added that isolation is one of the worst things for a person struggling with drug and even alcohol addiction.
We are social creatures and the lock downs are resulting in an increase of suicides. READ: Lockdown-inspired suicides on course to DWARF coronavirus deaths in Australia & in time, even in US – studies
Lock downs resulted in increased depression. READ: Depression Has Skyrocketed During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Says
Lock downs impact mental health and this included an increase for people who never experienced mental health issues before. READ: Psychiatrists warn of negative effects of lockdown on mental health AND UK lockdown causing ‘serious mental illness in first-time patients’
Lockdowns increased alcohol abuse. READ: Problem drinking soars under UK lockdown, say addiction experts
It is estimated that over 400 million people have lost their jobs world-wide because of the lockdowns. READ: New thinking on COVID lockdowns: They’re overly blunt and costly
Lock downs even resulted in increased assaults on police. READ: 20 per cent increase in assault on police during lockdown
Experts were warning back in May that the lock downs were the wrong way to handle this pandemic. READ: Critics say lockdowns will be more damaging than the virus. Experts say it’s a false choice
And now several studies are reporting that the lock downs failed to reduce pandemic deaths. READ: Lockdowns DON’T work, study claims: Researchers say stay-at-home orders made no difference to coronavirus deaths around the world – but prior health levels DID AND New study: Coronavirus lockdowns don’t save lives AND COVID-19 death rate is 75% lower in states that didn’t lock down: WSJ