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‘Deaths of despair’: Coronavirus pandemic may push suicide, drug deaths as excessive as 150ok, examine says – USA TODAY


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The federal mental health tsar is demanding more money to expand services to help people who are suffering from the social isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, like one New Study Estimates Alcohol Deaths Overdose and Suicide Could Reach 150,000.

"We are seeing very worrying signs nationwide," said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services and head of the Administration on Drug Abuse and Mental Health. "There is more drug abuse, more overdoses, more domestic violence, and child neglect and abuse."

McCance-Katz said the agency wanted more money for services to meet an expected increase in mental health and addiction treatment needs that were already in short supply. She cited HHS’s own drug abuse and mental health research and a February report in The Lancet magazine on the psychological effects of quarantine.

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The Lancet study said that the effects of post may include traumatic stress disorder and suicide and are "far reaching, substantial and can be long lasting." This is especially true when there is no clear end in sight, as is now said McCance-Katz.

"The impetus is COVID-19, but the need was there before and was only increased by the events resulting from the virus," she said.

The new study , which was released on Friday by the Well Being Trust and the American Academy of Family Physicians, which was isolated and uncertainly used in the calculation of expected suicide and alcohol deaths and drugs, based on nine unemployment scenarios.

The likely Follow this "T Deaths of despair "was the loss of another 75,000 lives, the study said. Estimates for death ranged from 27,644 for a rapid recovery in the economy to 154,037 for a slow recovery.

"We already had a big problem," said psychologist Benjamin Miller, chief strategy officer of the Well Being Trust. "Now people are separated and lonely with a level of insecurity, fear and fear."

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Alcohol sales have increased since protective orders were issued. Aside from economic security, a job has limits for potential problem drinkers to help them regulate themselves, Miller said.

McCance-Katz also noted reports of more people looking for treatment for alcohol problems in regions where the coronavirus is most severely affected, including the Northeast. Addiction treatment centers report much higher call volumes and outpatient treatments, which are now typically performed on video.

"There is some level of impotence in the economy, retirement, unemployment, and trying to control unemployment," said Doug Tieman, CEO of Caron Treatment Centers in Pennsylvania. "All of them cause fear, and people feel bad and see no light at the end of the tunnel."

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Adults and even adolescents with drug abuse disorders have difficulty reconciling often overwhelming addictions with their fears of becoming infected with COVID-19 Dr. Joseph Lee, medical director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's youth continuum, said dormitory registrations in Hazelden decreased about 2% in April compared to April 2019 to buy drugs, especially when grandparents live at home Lee increased patients by 17% thanks to virtual services introduced in March.

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The stories that lead to treatment can be daunting.

New Hazelden patients include "several children who drank everything in the house" and others who inhaled household products, including the "air duster" that was used to clean computer keyboards, Lee said.

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A heroin-dependent young girl told her mother that she would kill herself if her mother would not buy heroin. The girl was afraid of Lee being infected with the virus, the mother said.

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Lee said the girl had received treatment despite her fear of flying to get there. As with other patients, too outside the state said Lee about the risks of coronavirus and addiction to help the family in "problem solving".

"For anyone who doesn't believe that addiction is addiction, we are now seeing it in all its glory," said Lee, who works with 14- to 25-year-olds. "You see the force of the compulsive drive and this learned pathological conditioning."

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Bob Poznanovich, Hazelden’s Vice President for Business Development, added: "Needs are growing and we are fully expecting and ready for an early increase in demand . "

To prevent" a catastrophic wave of desperate deaths ", the new Well Being Trust and AAFP report recommends an increased focus on reducing unemployment, easier access to treatment, and much more mental health – and addiction services that are integrated into the health system.

"More mental health resources are a good thing," said Miller. “Let's just make sure that we invest in strategies that we know work for communities and that integrate mental health into the places that people want. "

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SAMHSA Received $ 425 Million from Coronavirus Aid, the Mental Health and Addiction Assistance and Economic Security Act, compared to more than $ 100 billion for hospitals and far from what critics think is necessary.

"It is embarrassing how little attention our congress attracts mental health in a crisis," said Miller.

The SAMHSA funds are used for services in certified community behavioral clinics that are approved by the 2017 Law Mental health and addiction have been defined to promote health addiction treatment services and health care coordination r disadvantaged people.

The clinics offer mental health and addiction treatment as well as primary care in the same facilities. Crisis intervention services are available around the clock to keep breakdowns away from emergency departments.

McCance-Katz said they were an example of "where the successes are" and she hopes to expand them further.

"We have the opportunity to tell the administration what we think is necessary," said McCance-Katz. "I think they're listening, so I hope we get more resources."

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