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How the COVID Pandemic Affected Poisonings and Overdoses in the United States
The COVID pandemic changed virtually every aspect of daily life while stressing our medical care system to its limits. One collateral effect of the COVID pandemic is the exacerbation of the opioid epidemic along with misuse of drugs that were not approved to treat or prevent COVID infections. Additionally, use of recreational drugs increased while mental health issues resulted in an increase in drug overdoses that further stressed our healthcare system. This talk will explore these collateral effects of the COVID pandemic from a Medical Toxicology perspective.
About the Presenter
Jerrold B. Leikin MD is a board certified Medical Toxicologist and Addiction Medicine specialist who is a consultant with the Illinois Poison Center and a Professor of Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois.
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