While the coronavirus pandemic dominates the news, a rash of Columbus-area overdoses is a reminder that the opioid epidemic continues to take its toll on Ohio.
Between January 1 and February 21 there were nearly 50% more overdose deaths in Franklin County than in the same period of 2019, according to the Franklin County Coroner's Office.
Health officials warn social distancing efforts could lead to increased substance abuse. And for people in addiction recovery, isolation and COVID-19 anxiety could worsen the odds for relapse.
Coming up on Wellness Wednesday, the consequences of the coronavirus on Ohio's fight against opioids.
Becky Stuempfig, licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Encinitas, California
Dr. Donald Ford, family medicine physician, Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Health Commissioner, Columbus Public Health
Andy Albrecht, executive director, The Counseling Center, Inc. in Portsmouth, Ohio