Alex Schadenberg

Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

An article by Shannon Roberts published by Mercatornet suggests that the COVID-19 crisis has led to an increase in suicide “deaths of despair.” Roberts connects research indicating that opioid related deaths are often fueled by loneliness and a lack of hope, factors that have been exasperated by the COVID-19 crisis. Roberts writes:Many drug counsellors will tell you that they are deaths caused by a lack of connection, fuelled by loneliness and a lack of hope. It has also been well-documented that increasing numbers of young men without purpose or jobs have turned to opioids. It is telling that Covid-19 lockdowns and job losses appear to be hugely increasing death rates.

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