ARIZONA NEWS

Adolescents at risk in drug overdose rise during COVID-19 pandemic

Jul 17, 2020, 11:00 AM
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)...
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

PHOENIX – Adolescents are at a higher risk for suffering from opioid-related drug overdoses as they deal with the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.

Evidence in a report by ODMAP, an overdose detection program, showed that drug overdoses jumped by 42% in May 2020 compared to May 2019.

The report also noted that since the first cases of coronavirus were reported in the United States, there was an average increase in overdoses by 20% each month when compared to the same time period during the previous year.

Dr. Andrea Raby, Vice President of psychiatry for Bayless Integrated Healthcare in Phoenix, said the issue is an “epidemic hidden in a pandemic,” especially when it comes to adolescents.

“This is always a vulnerable time during this period in their growth, in their development and in their growth of their identity, and often times what helps our adolescent population is structure and predictability and of course with COVID, this renders everything the opposite,” Raby said.

Raby said that adolescents are most at risk because their routines have been disrupted with the absence of school, athletics or extra curriculars. It can lead to depression and anxiety, which in turn can lead to drug abuse.

“COVID pretty much equals change,” Raby said. “To decipher the change with COVID versus change within our adolescents inherently can be a very difficult task.”

During this time, Raby said it’s important to check on teenagers to see if there’s a change in behaviors, loss of interest in their usual hobbies or appearing to be more depressed or anxious.

KTAR News 92. FM’s Ali Vetnar contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

People get inoculated against the coronavirus in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. India h...
KTAR.com

Arizona reports 2,495 new COVID-19 cases, 49 more deaths Thursday

Arizona health officials on Thursday reported 2,495 new COVID-19 cases and 49 additional deaths from the disease.
9 hours ago
(Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)...
KTAR.com

Maricopa County prosecutors consider charges against Sinema protesters

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said it is reviewing recommended charges submitted against activists who confronted U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in a bathroom two weeks ago.
9 hours ago
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio poses for a portrait at his private office in Fountain Hi...
Associated Press

Maricopa County to pay $5M to owner whose restaurant was raided by Arpaio

Maricopa County officials approved a $5 million settlement Wednesday with a restaurant owner who claimed in a lawsuit that then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office had defamed him and violated his rights during a 2014 investigation.
9 hours ago
(Grand Canyon University photo)...
Griselda Zetino

Grand Canyon University offers new program for students with disabilities

Grand Canyon University is offering a new program meant to help students with disabilities develop social and job skills.
9 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Tucson Police Department)...
Torrence Dunham

Police group leader says Tucson vaccine mandate will increase staffing issues

Just over 50 Tucson police officers face getting a COVID-19 vaccine or a pink slip in December after the council voted Tuesday to fire unvaccinated city employees, a move a law enforcement association says would devastate services police provide.
9 hours ago
ADOT photo...
KTAR.com

US 60 to close between Superior, Miami Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The route will be closed as crews further remove the old Pinto Creek Bridge, requiring motorists to take alternate routes.
9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
PNC BANK

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]
...
DISC DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
...
PNC Bank

3 cool tips to turn everyday moments into learning experiences for your child

Early brain development has a crucial impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Research has shown that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age five.
Adolescents at risk in drug overdose rise during COVID-19 pandemic