Commonwealth Policy Center

State governments across the country forced lockdowns on the economy and all social activities in an attempt to control the spread of COVID-19. Not only did this impair the economy, but mental health and personal well-being were also harmed. And one new staggering statistic raises the question if shutting down everything was worth it. There were 93,000 overdose deaths in 2020. And 75% of these deaths were caused by opioid overdoses. This is a 30% increase from the previous year. Those with drug addictions likely had their support system, and in some cases, addiction treatment services pulled out from under them. Such secondary effects of wholesale lockdowns are just making themselves known, which makes us wonder if the cure (of lockdowns) was worse than the disease itself.