Drug Shortages Leading to Spike in Overdose Deaths

There have been many unanticipated consequences of the lockdowns enacted to curb the spread of coronavirus. One such effect is the sudden stoppage of illegal drug shipments into the United States from Mexico and overseas. While the supply has dried up, the demand remains strong, perhaps even stronger given the added stress everyone is experiencing during this difficult time. This creates a very dangerous situation fueled by a dealer’s desire for profits and an addict’s desire for escape.

As soon as drug dealers across the U.S. realized their supply was about to be disrupted, they immediately began cutting their product with a variety of substances in order to stretch the inventory already in their possession. In order to avoid losing customers, the chemicals they utilize to dilute their product are often powerful and addictive drugs themselves.