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Overdoses nearly doubled in East Baton Rouge Parish as pandemic continues to impact recovery

Overdoses in Baton Rouge nearly doubled in 2020. Doctors say they believe it is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, 232 people died from accidental drug overdoses in 2020. That smashes the number of overdoses recorded in 2019.

In 2020, much of the help for people fighting addiction, like support groups, went away because of coronavirus restrictions. East Baton Rouge Coroner Dr. Beau Clark says that left many people without a place to turn to when they wanted to get sober.

“People have certainly had issues with losing their jobs, al the stressors, even the stressors of things not being normal, and that includes people’s support structures or their ability to find help or be able to go to rehab,” said East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark. “When that gets impacted people struggling with substance abuse problems have issues with getting help they need, and when they don’t get the help they need, obviously we know what the result is, it’s tragic.” Read more

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