Apps for Opioid Addiction Treatment and Recovery
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Opioid addiction and overdoses have had a devastating impact on communities in the United States during the 21st century. According to the CDC, nearly 500,000 people died from overdoses involving any opioid, prescription or illicit, between 1999 and 2019. In 2019 alone, preliminary overdose numbers suggest 90,000 people died from drug overdoses, a 29% increase from 2018. The opioid epidemic continues to disproportionately impact people of color and rural communities where access to evidence-based treatments remain limited. The Covid-19 pandemic has arisen against the backdrop of the opioid crisis, completely altering the landscape of addiction treatment and recovery. Due to an interest in limiting Covid-19 transmission, healthcare and mental health apps became prominent over the past year. In February 2020, the CDC advised the usage of apps as part of their social distancing guidance, recommending that health care facilities and providers offer clinical services through virtual means such as telehealth. One report found that this resulted in a 154% increase in telehealth visits during the last week of March 2020 alone.
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